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Harefuah. 2010 Nov;149(11):729-32, 748, 747.

[The feminization of obstetrics and gynecology].

[Article in Hebrew]

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  • 1Helen Schneider's Hospital for Women, Rabin Medical Center, Petah Tikva.


Contemporary data indicate female dominance of obstetrics and gynecology. The authors sought to look for the effects of this domination on the discipline and further understand the reasons for these effects as reflected from the relevant current literature. Data clearly show a worldwide "creeping" process of female domination in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Gender bias is present in hiring policies both for residency and afterwards. Female physicians encounter specific gender problems such as pregnancy, maternity leave and the additional burden of taking care of their family. These tasks may interfere with academic medicine. Furthermore, personal characteristics of women, which favor them for patients, may affect their productivity within the framework of community medicine. None of the alleged problems, which were linked to female obstetrician-gynecologists, is irresolvable, assuming professional establishment, as well as government acceptance and proper planning.

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