Women make up majority of trainees in seven US specialties

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 25 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4614
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Women now account for more than half of graduate trainees in seven specialties in the United States but remain under-represented overall in graduate training programs compared with their share of the US population, as do Hispanic and black people, a study has found.1

The seven specialties in which women made up the majority of trainees were:

  • Obstetrics and gynecology (82.4%)

  • Pediatrics (73.5%)

  • Dermatology (64.4%)

  • Internal medicine/pediatrics (58.2%)

  • Family medicine (55.2%)

  • Pathology (54.6%), and

  • Psychiatry (54.5%).

The specialty with the lowest percentage of women trainees was orthopedics, in which …

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