Sex Discrimination in the Medical Field

Sex discrimination occurs frequently in the medical field. It often manifests in the form of disparaging comments made to a female doctor about whether she intends to have children or not. According to an article in NPR, the Physician Moms Group (PMG) is a professional forum where female physicians interact and receive support from each other regarding various types of work related issues. The group has more than 65,000 members. Thousands of members’ Facebook posts have appeared in the PMG forum where mothers talk about balancing motherhood and their professions. Research Study by JAMA Internal Medicine Motivated by the extent of the PMG posts, researchers undertook a study, which was recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study showed survey results of more than 6,000 physician mothers.  Professionally, these mothers encompassed a broad span, ranging from pediatricians to surgeons. The survey asked questions to determine whether workplace discrimination existed, and in particular, whether it existed regarding motherhood. The following were the published results: Of the total number of female physicians, 77.9 percent reported discrimination (4 out of 5). Nearly 66 percent reported gender discrimination. About 33% reported maternal discrimination, which included discrimination based on pregnancy, a maternity leave or breastfeeding. All of the women who reported maternal discrimination said the discrimination was based on pregnancy or a maternity leave. About 50 percent said the discrimination was due to breastfeeding. What form did the discrimination take? Disrespectful treatment (the most common) Being excluded from administrative decision-making Unequal pay and benefits compared to male counterparts Repercussions on the Medical Field Aside from the potential repercussions of discrimination lawsuits, the medical field...