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Statistics on the Number of Women Surgeons in the United States

By November 13, 2009

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According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (11/09/09) "More women appear to be aiming for careers in surgery, long considered the last bastion of male-only medicine."

  • There are approximately 160,00 surgeons in the United States: only 19 percent are women;
  • The number of women surgeons only rose 7% between the period 1970 through 2008; yet
  • In 2008, almost half of the 42,200 applicants to medical schools in the United States were women.
  • In 2008, U.S. Department of Labor Statistics projected employment of physicians and surgeons to grow 14 percent from 2006 to 2016.

Let's hope this projected growth includes more opportunities for women who strive to become surgeons.

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