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September 26, 2012

Salary Differences by Gender

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliation: Department of Hygiene and Public Health, Teikyo University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan (kyoko@med.teikyo-u.ac.jp).

JAMA. 2012;308(12):1207-1208. doi:10.1001/2012.jama.11174

To the Editor: In a homogeneous cohort of mid-career academic physicians, Dr Jagsi and colleagues reported a significant gender difference in salary even after adjusting for differences in specialty, institutional characteristics, academic productivity, academic rank, work hours, and other factors.1 However, in the final multivariate analyses, a colinearity problem may have affected the results because high correlations would occur between the specialty nature and the specialty pay level and between the number of publications and research time.

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