Gender Segregation by Specialty in Medicine

In 2017, for the first time, more than half of medical school matriculants in the U.S. were women. And in 2019, nearly half of new faculty hires across academic medicine were women. At the same time, some specialties have a much higher or lower proportion of women faculty and residents.

On the Academic Medicine Podcast, hosts Toni Gallo and associate editor Dr. John Coverdale and guests Drs. Elaine Pelley (@ElainePelley) and Molly Carnes (@Molly_Carnes) discuss gender segregation by specialty in medicine, what it looks like, how it came about, and the implications for women and the field of medicine. 

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Read the article discussed in this episode, “When a Specialty Becomes ‘Women’s Work’: Trends in and Implications of Specialty Gender Segregation in Medicine,” at

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Further Reading

Pelley E, Carnes M. When a specialty becomes “women’s work”: Trends in and implications of specialty gender segregation in medicine [published online ahead of print June 23, 2020]. Acad Med. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003555.