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Do female doctors reduce productivity?

Is the increasing number of female doctors to blame for doctor shortages? Not according to this editorial titled “Ending the Sexist Blame Game” in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, which states (and cites evidence) that:

– Women provide more services than men in certain areas of medicine.
– The decline in physicians’ working hours is attributed more to the decline in hours worked by male physicians than the increasing proportion of female physicians
– Women do work differently than their male counterparts: they put in many more hours in combining professional duties, childcare and household responsibilities