More than half of the 1,500 newly hired doctors in Canada and the U.S. this year are women, according to a study released Tuesday by the U of T’s Graduate School of Public Health.
“As we age, women are more likely to have chronic illnesses and have chronic health conditions that require specialized care,” said U of S post-doctoral fellow Marie-Claude Caron, the study’s lead author.
As the country continues to age, it’s important that we recognize that women are still underrepresented in medicine and that they have the ability to benefit from a broader range of skills, Caron said.””
These are some of the same barriers that have kept women from finding the work that they need.”
As the country continues to age, it’s important that we recognize that women are still underrepresented in medicine and that they have the ability to benefit from a broader range of skills, Caron said.
“The research shows that our health is improving, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement,” she said.
In Canada, the median salary for a new doctor is $82,500, the same as a male doctor’s.
But in the U, the average wage for women is $74,100, and for men is $70,900.
Women are also much more likely in Canada to have an associate degree.
The median for women, meanwhile, is $62,000.
In the U., women are nearly six times more likely as men to have completed post-graduate training in general internal medicine or pediatrics, with nearly half of all doctors now completing that degree.
And more than a quarter of all new graduates in Canada are women.
There’s been a dramatic increase in the number of women working in general medical practice in recent years, especially in the United States, but the gap has widened in recent decades, according the study.
The median salary of a new general internal-medicine doctor is now $80,000, and the median of a general internal doctor in Canada is $75,000 — higher than in the past.
The study also found that women make up only about 10 per cent of new doctors, but are responsible for 50 per cent or more of all doctor-led training in Canada.
And they account for just under a third of the total number of practising physicians.
Women are more than twice as likely as their male counterparts to be in the field of infectious diseases, respiratory medicine, endocrinology and cardiovascular medicine, among other fields.
Women in general, though, are more at risk for mental health issues than men, such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse.
And women in general are more frequently at risk of developing chronic diseases that require medical attention, such the common cold and other respiratory illnesses.
Women also are more often the target of sexual harassment and assault.
The report found that in a wide range of professions, the rates of sexual violence were twice as high for women as for men.
“If we want to build a world in which we are all empowered, it requires that we have a workplace that is inclusive, where women are respected and protected, said Caron.