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Mothers in Medicine: A Tribute on Mother’s Day

May 09, 2019

Mothers in Medicine: A Tribute on Mother’s Day

By Phillip Miller


Everyone was brought into this world by a mother, and as time passes this is more likely to be true in a dual sense. Approximately 83 percent of medical residents specializing in obstetrics/gynecology today are female, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). In a few short years, the great majority of people born in the U.S. will be delivered by female OB/GYNs, many of whom are likely to be mothers themselves.


The medical care children receive also will likely be in the hands of female physicians, as 73 percent of pediatric medical residents today are women, as are 45.6 percent of all medical residents and over 50 percent of all medical school students, the AAMC reports.


Like the other healthcare professions, including nursing and therapy, medicine is trending female, and many women physicians will be taking up their first practices (post-training) during their peak child rearing years. These mothers/physicians can and will require flexibility in their work schedules to balance their professional duties and family responsibilities. Emerging work concepts, such as shared practices, can help achieve this flexibility, as will technology such as tele-medicine.


It requires tremendous discipline, skill, and empathy to become a physician while balancing the time and emotional commitment of motherhood. On behalf of Merritt Hawkins, I would like to recognize all those physicians who are both delivering excellent care to their patients and providing loving care to their children. Happy Mother’s Day!



 

Phillip Miller is Vice President of Communications for Merritt Hawkins and Staff Care, companies of AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AMN). He can be reached here.

 


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