Domestic Responsibilities and Career Advancement
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Women account for approximately half of the medwical school matriculants in the United States.
Women are more likely to choose fields that are perceived to offer a better work-life balance after medical school.
Professional women are more likely to have a partner who is another full time professional.
Women who want to have children take into consideration how this will affect their careers more than men.
Women are more likely to have increased domestic responsibilities, and is the equivalent of one additional work day per week (8 hr./wk).
Even though women make up one half of the medical school matriculation, they are underrepresented in academic medicine.
While institutional programs for work-life flexibility exist, many women and men are reluctant to utilize these programs for fear of being perceived as “not as dedicated.”
Cultural and systems-based changes need to occur to support the growing cohort of female physicians who chose to have a family while pursuing a career in medicine.
KeywordsDomestic responsibilities Unpaid domestic labor Nonprofessional responsibilities
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