The analysis found a total of 138,508 full-time medical school faculty members. Of these, 50, 376, or 36 percent, were women. Women were even more scarce among among traditional tenure-track faculty.
In 2013 there were 17,055 women applicants to U.S. medical schools. They made up 47.7 percent of all applicants. Women made up 47.2 percent of the 20,055 entering students at U.S. medical schools in 2013.
There are some areas of higher education where women continue to be significantly underrepresented. The faculties of U.S. medical schools is one such area. In 2011, women were 36.2 percent of all medical school faculty and only 19.6 percent of the full professors.
There were four medical schools in the United States in 2011 where women were more than 60 percent of the graduating class. There were three medical schools where, in 2011, women were less than one third of all graduates.
In 2011 the number of women applying to medical school, enrolling in medical school, and earning medical degrees were at al all-time high. But the percentage of women in medical education has declined slightly in recent years.
According to new data from the Association of American Medical Colleges, women were 49.6 percent of all new medical school students in 2003 but only 46.4 percent of first-time enrollees in 2012.
A new study finds that of the 534 appointments of medical schools deans from 1980 through 2006, only 38, or 7 percent, were women.
Over the past 30 years, women have made tremendous strides in medical education and have virtually eliminated the gender gap.
She is a senior scientist at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.
Over the past decade men have had a higher increase than women in applications and first-year enrollments.