Ethics, equity, and economics: A primer on women in medicine

Alison C. Essary, Bettie Coplan

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Women account for more than 70% of physician assistant (PA) students, 62% of practicing PAs, and 57% of faculty in PA programs. About half of all US medical students, 30% of actively practicing physicians, and 37% of faculty at academic medical centers are female. However, women in medicine are paid less than men for equal work effort and achieve fewer leadership positions within academia and medicine. Neglecting the skills and talents of women may lead to a workforce that fails to represent our patient and student populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-38
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2014


  • equal pay
  • equity
  • ethics
  • gender
  • leadership
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nurse Assisting


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