A nationwide survey showed that female physicians made close to $15,000 less than male physicians. Findings from the study are published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Part of the disparity was explained by female physicians’ tendency to prioritize collegiality and control over personal time vs. substantial pay. For both male and female physicians, optimal workload was the top priority according to 776 respondents who responded to these specific questions. For males, substantial pay was ranked second in prevalence, and fourth for women. Generally, female physicians worked less full-time equivalents but worked more nights, and reported less daily billable encounters. Other variables such as age, geography, specialty, and amount of type of clinical work were accounted for when determining the disparity.

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The study authors concluded that strategies to assess fair compensation are needed to confront gender inequalities and other disparities.

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