Personal interview data obtained from 87 randomly selected women physicians in metropolitan Detroit indicates that productivity of women physicians has increased over that shown in previous studies. Eighty-four percent were engaged in medical work at the time of survey, 90% full-time. Only 7% were not working for reasons related to being a woman. Fifty-nine percent had worked continuously full-time since medical school graduation. Nearly half do not plan to retire from medical work. Fifty-eight percent are in private practice and 51% in primary care specialties; 54% are board certified. Direct patient care was listed as their main task by 86% of the women. Sixtyseven percent are married (43% to physicians). Although the 87 women physicians have responsibilities for households containing a total of nearly 300 people, almost one third of whom are children under 18 years old, their productivity is high.
(JAMA 236:1961-1964, 1976)
Heins M, Smock S, Jacobs J, Stein M. Productivity of Women Physicians. JAMA. 1976;236(17):1961–1964. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270180037017
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