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Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk, 12/13/2019 10:06:02 PM

For the first time ever, women make up the majority of U.S. medical school students this year, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Women just barely surpassed the number of men enrolled in medical schools, comprising 50.5% of the student population. The milestone builds upon earlier turning points for women in 2017 and 2018. In 2017, women accounted for most of first-year students in medical schools. Last year, they made up the majority of medical school applicants. “This is a welcomed milestone,” said Dr. John Prescott, the AAMC’s chief academic officer. “Women have long been the majority of U.S. college graduates


The first time I was lucky enough to get a female doctor was at the University of Washington. She was literally as pretty as some Canadian actress you might see on TV and treated me like gold. Recently, I had two female surgeons, with one male operate on my throat for 21/2 hours at the Dallas VA leaving a neat scar. The prime specialist was female. The first words she said were about how a study had been done showing that female surgeons fared better than their male counterparts today. HA! Then, there's this:

"Women Make Up Majority of U.S. Law Students for First Time" (NYT - Dec. 16, 2016)

So, what is Megan Rapinoe and her ilk still so angry about when these were considered the prestigious work for males when I graduated out of high school back in the '60's?

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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird 12/13/2019 10:39:44 PM (No. 261600)
I have had female internists for decades and a number of female specialists. They are far better listeners than male doctors. More willing to spend time with patients, as well...
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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird 12/13/2019 10:40:51 PM (No. 261601)
(hit submit too soon) After long years of male dentists - some excellent, a few not so, our current female dentist is a whiz and far less expensive than our last male dentist.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 12/13/2019 11:02:36 PM (No. 261607)
I have a friend who is a surgeon. Her daughter is in college to be an MD. Kind modest people.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Delilah 12/13/2019 11:13:56 PM (No. 261617)
What a change. When I graduated in 1956 with degrees in Chemistry and Math I was among only 5% of females in those professions.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: jntsrgn 12/13/2019 11:21:10 PM (No. 261624)
Don’t confuse personality with skill. You may enjoy the heartfelt eye contact of your female physician but when it comes to cardiac, trauma, orthopedics, etc.... it’s never the ladies who are clutch when it hits the fan. I’ve been chief of surgery at 3 different facilities over the course of 20 years. It’s just the truth.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: smcchk 12/13/2019 11:22:00 PM (No. 261625)
I like female physicians too but the trouble is they want to have families just about when their training ends and their practices begin. And they do not want to work the 70-80 weeks that physicians often work. To be fair, lots of younger male doctors don’t want to either. Training a physician is expensive and long. Teaching hospitals can only accommodate so many residents. You can’t just shove more desks in a classroom to churn out more M.D.’s. There is going to be a shortage of doctors for several reasons but one is that female physicians often seek shorter work schedules. And don’t choose some of the tougher, longer residencies. It’s going to be a problem.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: seesfarwoman 12/14/2019 12:02:24 AM (No. 261637)
When I asked my female GP if she could recommend a female orthopedic surgeon, she told me that they are few and far between. She explained that orthopedic surgery requires a lot of physical work, i.e., sawing, hammering, pounding, etc. and so most practitioners in that specialty are male. I don't know if this is true today, but it was interesting to hear her say that.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: MrDeplorable 12/14/2019 12:30:10 AM (No. 261643)
To #5:After 50 years of performing surgery and observing a fair sample of women surgeons, I endorse your comment 100%. Guess that makes us misogynists, huh?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: DVC 12/14/2019 1:57:22 AM (No. 261655)
I have both female and male docs, but most of the younger ones are women.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: LadyChurchillUSA 12/14/2019 2:57:41 AM (No. 261673)
However there is a downside that no one wants to talk about, We have a shortage of doctors and one reason may be that female doctors are more likely to retire earlier or leave the profession for a family and children. They marry and move on to other things unlike the males in the profession that are more likely to work longer and stay in the profession.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: BarryNo 12/14/2019 5:32:23 AM (No. 261728)
That's possibly in part due to medical colleges giving women more of a leg up, than men. Anytime a group becomes a government ally protected species, everyone else takes the hit. Can't wait to hear when transgenders for the first time, make up the majority of medical students.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: GO3 12/14/2019 7:35:49 AM (No. 261800)
Makes sense because undergrad enrollment for women is greater than men, and you need a strong pre-med program to even have a chance of getting into med school. The best MD I've had who was skilled, listened, and explained everything in detail was an older male retired Army MD who was brought back to "active service" under contract because of a physician shortage.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Uno_Thatguy 12/14/2019 8:52:18 AM (No. 261868)
I'm not sure how this will play out, but Russia for decades has a vast majority of female physicians. The reason? The profession pays far less than other professions that attract men. Taking a look at where we are headed with husseinCare and the socialization of the medical profession, it does not bode well for the loss of medical professionals who are under economic pressure. The rapid reduction of pay by the insurance companies and especially government entities for medical services is causing a plethora of men who are choosing to become doctors. Add to that early retirement among doctors is making a major impact on the availability of both men and women to fill the vacuum!
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Reply 14 - Posted by: LesUNo 12/14/2019 10:33:19 AM (No. 261981)
Women bring a new and very welcomed perspective to the practice of medicine.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: DVC 12/14/2019 3:02:28 PM (No. 262238)
I had a friend who is an orthopedic surgeon. I did a medical engineering research project with two orthopedic surgeons. I had an orthopedic surgeon who put me back together after several high-energy misadventures. I recently had a knee (which went bad after almost 5 decades after a youthful high-energy misadventure) replaced by an orthopedic surgeon. All were men. My eye surgeon is a lady and quite good at the extremely fine work under a microscope. In my military electro-mechanicals job for many decades, our best assemblers for our small mechanical and electronic devices, often done under microscopes, were women. A friend's daughter, which I have known since birth is now a urological surgeon. My heart surgeon is a man. My internist is a woman. All are quite competent at their specialties.
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