The staffing experts at Staff Care have put together a new white paper that provides an in-depth examination of the growing role of women in medicine, how the scope of that role has changed over recent decades, and how it's likely to continue to change.
"The physician workforce, like the general population, is becoming more diverse," the authors write. "The growing number of female physicians is reshaping the physician workforce, creating a demand for more practice settings where flexibility is a key benefit and a key attraction. The growing use of locum tenens physicians coincides with this trend, as locum tenens offer both female and male physicians the option to tailor their schedules."
> Download Staff Care's "Women in Medicine" White Paper here.
According to the white paper, drawing data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), only five percent of all American physicians were female in the year 1900. Fifty years later, in 1950, that percentage had barely risen, moving up just one percentage point to six percent. Fifty years after that, in 2000, the rise was a much more pronounced at 22.8 percent, and today, in 2015, it's estimated that 36 percent of physicians are female.
Although the trend is clearly a positive one, there's still progress to be made. "When you consider that the latest U.S. Census Bureau population estimates place women at 50.8 percent of the United States' population for 2013, a discrepancy between the physician workforce composition and national population composition remains clear," the white paper explains.
What do these trends mean to healthcare employers, and how might it affect future staffing considerations — particularly locum tenens staffing? Check out Staff Care's latest white paper, “Women in Medicine: A Review of Changing Physician Demographics,” for the answer to these and many other related questions, as well as an assortment of in-depth data that shows the breakdown of women in medicine roles by state, age, specialty, salary, and other factors.
Here at Staff Care, our team is determined to help you find the right solution for your physician staffing needs. If you're interested in learning more about our services and how we can help you, please fill out our staffing request form today.