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JAMA: Wage Gap Persists For Women Physician-Researchers

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the average salary for women doctor-researchers was 16 percent lower than men, even after accounting for speciality, hours, etc.

Reuters: Women Doctors Make Less Than Men: Study
Female doctor-researchers make an average of $12,000 per year less than their male counterparts, even after their work hours and area of specialty are taken into account, according to a study out Tuesday. The wage gap between men and women is nothing new, but among doctors in particular it wasn't clear if the disparity was due to different career choices and work habits in men and women that could have affected their pay (Pittman, 6/12).

Modern Healthcare: Female Doc-Researchers Have Lower Salaries: Study
For the men, the overall average salary was $200,433 or some 16.3 percent higher than the women, whose average salary was $167,669 (Robeznieks, 6/12).

MedPage Today: Salaries Lag For Women Docs In Research
Even after adjustment for differences in specialty, academic rank, leadership positions, publications, and research time, there remained an absolute difference of $13,399 per year between the sexes (P=0.001), the researchers reported in the June 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (Neale, 6/12).

JAMA: Gender-Based Pay Gap Persists Even for Top Medical Researchers
Lead author Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, associate professor in the department of radiation oncology at the University of Michigan, discussed the results with news@JAMA: ... "I don’t think the pay disparity is the result of a conscious bias against women. I think it’s much more likely to be the result of unconscious biases. Studies show men and women are both more likely to hire a man than a woman and to give credit to a man. Employers may be thinking about a family wage, that a man needs to support a household. But it’s hard to justify the difference," [she said] (Kuehn, 6/12).

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