Orthopedics has less than 10% female representation: 5 findings

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Orthopedics is among the specialties with the lowest female representation, according to Medscape's "Female Physician Compensation Report."

Medscape surveyed 17,903 respondents across more than 29 specialities between Oct. 6, 2020, and Feb. 11, 2021.

Five findings:

1. Nine percent of orthopedic physicians are women. Other specialties with low female representation include urology (11 percent), cardiology (14 percent) and general surgery (20 percent).

2. Specialties with majority female physicians include pediatrics (61 percent) and OB-GYN (59 percent).

3. The majority of female orthopedic physicians (74 percent) said they would go into medicine if they had to choose their career over again.

4. On average, male specialists earn 33 percent more than female specialists. Men on average make $376,000 and women make $283,000.

5. More than half of male and female physicians reported satisfaction with their compensation. However, more men (62 percent) said they were satisfied with compensation compared with women (54 percent). Forty-six percent of female physicians said they were unsatisfied with their compensation, compared with 38 percent of male physicians.

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