Women taking over as medical specialists

Women taking over as medical specialistsTRONDHEIM.Operating room at St. Olav's Hospital in Trondheim. Photo: Gorm Kallestad / SCANPIX

Today there is a preponderance of men in 33 of 45 different specializations for doctors. Among doctors who are now being educated to specialists, the majority of the students in 30 of the 45 subjects are females.
The proportion of women in the medical profession has long been increasing for a long time, and at the last intake for the studies  71 percent of the new medical students in Norway were women. This leads to more women entering male dominated specializations as well. According to figures Today Medicine has obtained from the Medical Association,  the amount of female students are increasing within the vast majority of specializations. Even in neurosurgery, which has traditionally been a  very male-dominated subject, there is almost it is today almost as female as male students.
Leader of the Young Doctor’s Association, Christer Mjåset, is pleased with the development.
– I think it’s of great benefit to the medical profession to bring in more women and that everyone generally are served by an even gender balance. This is also supported by research showing that workers are happiest in jobs with an equal distribution between the sexes.
Within the subjects thoracic surgery, orthopedic surgery and vascular surgery the amount of women among physicians in specialization   is still at around 30 percent or less, while in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, medical genetics and obstetrics and gynecology the amount of women is at over 80 percent.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today