-- Randy Dotinga
TUESDAY, Sept. 3 (HealthDay News) -- There's still a significant
gap between the average incomes of male and female doctors in the
United States, even though women have made major strides in the
profession over the past quarter-century, a new study finds.
Seth Seabury, a research associate professor at the University
of Southern California, and his colleagues examined statistics from
1987 to 2010 for 1.3 million workers. The study authors estimated
how earning gaps between men and women had changed for nearly 6,300
physicians, nearly 32,000 other health-care workers and employees
The percentage of physicians surveyed who were women grew
remarkably, from 10 percent between 1987 and 1990 to 28 percent
between 2006 and 2010. But women's salaries didn't improve
statistically compared to those of men over that time period, the
"While it is important to study gender differences in earnings after accounting for factors such as specialty choice and practice type, it is equally important to understand overall unadjusted gender differences in earnings," the study authors wrote. "This is because specialty and practice choices may be due to not only preferences of female physicians but also unequal opportunities."
The study appeared online Sept. 2 in the journal
JAMA Internal Medicine.
To learn how women changed the face of medicine, go to the
U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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