Women constituted more than half of the residents in obstetrics and gynecology (71%), medical genetics (63%), pediatrics (55%) and dermatology (55%) programs, according to a new data book released today by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
A month ago, the Association of American Medical Colleges reported that for the first time, women made up the majority (50.8%) of medical school applicants for the current academic year and also constitute 49.7% of the entering class at medical schools.
The data on women in residency training comes from the ACGME's first annual edition of its data book, Accreditation Data Systems (ADS) Graduate Medical Education Data. This year's 42-page compilation covers the 2002-2003 training year, the Chicago-based residency program accreditor says.
Other data from the book covering the 2002-2003 training year are:
- 713 institutions sponsored a total of 7,878 ACGME-accredited residency programs with 98,484 residents.
- 67% of residents were graduates of U.S. medical schools, 27% were international medical school graduates and 6% were graduates of osteopathic medical schools.
- Internal medicine programs had the highest percentage of residents, (25.4%), followed by family practice (11.8%) and pediatrics (9.1%).
It says the book includes tables, graphs and charts, other resident information, program accreditation status, program director turnover and participating teaching institutions.