How Many Female Family Doctors Are There in America?


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There are approximately 286,300 female doctors total in America, as of 2015. Women comprise more than 50 percent of the total amount of general practitioners, or family doctors. California has more female doctors than any other state, with a total of about 33,000.

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Female doctors outnumber male doctors in pediatrics, and female residents outnumber male residents in psychiatry, gynecology, pathology and obstetrics. Shifting percentages in favor of women also extend to women Ph.D. faculty in the medical sciences and buttress the percentages regarding residency.

Female Ph.D. faculty in pediatrics, psychiatry, public health, obstetrics and gynecology comprise an average of 60 percent of all Ph.D. faculty in these areas. Women M.D. faculty by department comprise upwards of 70 percent in pediatrics, gynecology, obstetrics and dermatology.

These numbers reflect percentages of general instructors and tend to decrease on the whole at the level of full professor, although women still dominate the female- and family-oriented practice. Much has changed since Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to receive a medical degree, in 1849, at the age of 28.

Blackwell applied to 12 medical schools, but only Geneva Medical College in western New York eventually admitted her, much to the college's astonishment. The story goes that the Dean of Geneva Medical College submitted Blackwell's application to the student body for approval by a vote. Thinking it a lark, the student body voted to admit Blackwell.

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