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FEM: Revista de la Fundación Educación Médica

versão On-line ISSN 2014-9840versão impressa ISSN 2014-9832


BORRACCI, Raúl A.; SALAZAR, Adriana I.  e  ARRIBALZAGA, Eduardo B.. The future impact of the feminization of medicine in Argentina. FEM (Ed. impresa) [online]. 2018, vol.21, n.3, pp.113-118. ISSN 2014-9840.

In recent years, the proportion of women studying medicine grew steadily in many countries. In Argentina, the feminization of the medical profession shows an overrepresentation of women in the younger group of physicians, and the 10-year projection indicates that women will comprise 60-70% of the medical workforce in all age strata. Adaptation to labor characteristics of women will require flexibility to accept part-time work and career interruptions caused by motherhood or other family obligations. A future consequence of women avoidance of most surgical specialties, is a relative shortage of doctors in these specialties. Anyway, it should be explored whether this supposed lack of interest in surgical specialties depends on the strong conditioning of the male model in these spaces. Despite being majority, woman is less represented in academia, resulting underrepresented in medical leadership in turn. Medical woman seems to be more humanistic, empathetic and honest than male. These contributions could be very significant, as long as women were able to achieve an egalitarian opinion leadership with men. There are potentially significant differences between the female and male occupational profiles, and this will certainly influence the organization and economy of future medical services, which are likely to be more complex, comparatively more expensive and better socialized.

Palavras-chave : Argentina; Education; Medicine; Women; Workforce.

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