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Here are the Specialties that Have the Most Female Physicians in 2016

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Earlier this month, Medscape released its “Physician Compensation Report 2016,” and according to Carol Peckham over at the publication’s website, the report is based on information collected from “nearly 19,200 physicians in over 26 specialties,” who “disclosed not only their compensation, but also how many hours they work per week, how many minutes they spend with each patient, the most rewarding part of their job, changes to their practice resulting from healthcare reform, and more.”

Our last few posts have addressed gender-based compensation statistics among physicians. Although there has been a gradual increase in recent years with how much female physicians are earning compared to their male counterparts, the disparities still exist and male physicians continue to earn more than female physicians in 2016.

Medscape also looked at which specialties have the most female physicians. “Overall,” Peckham writes, “31 percent of physicians are women.”

The top five specialties that employ the most women are OB/GYN at 55 percent, pediatrics at 53 percent, pathology at 42 percent, and psychiatry and dermatology, both at 38 percent.

“About a third of PCPs are women: 36 percent of family physicians and 31 percent of internists,” Peckham reports. “Women still tend to join nonsurgical specialties, with the fewest women choosing urology (7 percent), orthopedics (9 percent), and cardiology (12 percent).”

Another interesting question Medscape asked physicians regarded the benefits they’re receiving.

“For physicians, benefits packages are richer among the employed vs. the self-employed,” Peckham reports. “Eighty-eight percent and 82 percent of employed physicians have paid or partially paid health insurance and liability coverage, respectively, compared with only 57 percent and 61 percent of the self-employed. And while 80 percent of employed physicians get paid time off, only 38 percent of those who are self-employed do.”

Last year, Medscape found that registered nurses have more benefits than self-employed physicians. In fact, 93 percent of registered nurses received paid time off and 88 percent were given health insurance as part of their benefits package, Peckham writes.

In our next post, we’ll delve a little deeper into the benefits employed physicians are receiving vs. self-employed physicians. In the meantime, as physicians who are looking for jobs, what kind of benefits are you receiving now and which benefits do you want to receive in your next position?

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