The medical profession is changing, and it’s not just the gender of doctors.
The medical field is changing too, and that’s creating opportunities for female doctors, said Dr. Stephanie McLean, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
“Women are being taught about reproductive health care and women are having more access to healthcare in general,” she said.
McLean said there are many more opportunities for women to access health care, and she thinks this is good news for women.
“This is good for women because women are now being taught to get preventive care, get care about pre-existing conditions, and get health care when they need it,” she told ABC News.
McCallion said more female doctors could be opening doors for other female doctors.
“I think it’s going to be a boon for female physicians in the future because they will have more choices,” she added.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently released its annual survey of obstetricians, gynecologists, and other healthcare professionals.
The survey found that more than one-third of obstetrical residents had a female doctor, and more than half of gynecologic residents had one.
McLean said this is not only good news, but it could also open doors for female OB/GYNs.
“We have more women in OB/Gyn than we have OB/GyNs,” she noted.
McLane said women are seeing more female OB and gyneologists and are seeing less women in obstetrician general surgery and obstetric services.
The U.S. is one of only three countries that do not have gender parity in obstetries, and one of the least gender-balanced countries in healthcare, according to the U.N.
The United States ranks in the top 10 countries in terms of maternal mortality rates and maternal morbidity, according the WHO, but McLean points out that it has much better healthcare for women and men than the rest of the world.
“It’s not the health system we have, but the healthcare system that we have is a lot better than what we have in many other countries,” she explained.
McElwee said while it is good to see more female physicians, it is important to recognize that women are still being underserved by the healthcare world.
McClane said that while there are more female nurses in nursing homes and in the military, there are still a lot of female doctors in general practice.
She added that many female doctors are not doing their work in a way that will benefit them in the long term.
“A lot of the time we’re not doing the research that we should be doing,” she warned.
McGuire agreed, saying that it is a problem when a doctor is a woman and the health-care system is not responsive.
“You want to make sure that the nurse is a female nurse,” she advised.
McLauren said the healthcare profession is not about “pushing women into a box.”
“You’re not going to push a nurse into a female box, you’re not,” she argued.
McKenzie said that there are a lot more female medical residents than female doctors working in general practices and obstetric surgeries.
McMahon also said that the women who are taking the field seriously should understand the challenges.
“The fact is that the profession is still very much an all-male industry,” she observed.
McLeary agreed that more women should be in general medicine.
“If you have a doctor who is male, the doctor has to have a male mentor, the mentor has to be female,” she stressed.
McNeil agreed that it was important for women in general medical fields to recognize the difficulties in their fields and to be willing to overcome them.
McGowan added that there is a very real gender gap in general practitioners.
McGilchrist said she does not see the need to change the way women are viewed by the medical community.
“There is a lack of diversity in general obstetry and gynaecology,” she stated.
McGovern said that, if the gender gap persists, it will be difficult to find enough women to fill the doctorate programs.
McKinney agreed, stating that the shortage of women in the field is not a problem for women specifically, but for all medical schools and general practitioners alike.
McNeill added that in general, a lack the number of women doctors in the profession will not only harm women but the profession overall.
McGlenn agreed that the lack of women is not the problem, but said that it should be addressed.
“Just because there aren’t more women doctors doesn’t mean there aren, you know, doctors out there,” she remarked.
McGrath said that if more women are entering general practice and obstetrical practice, they could open doors to