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National Women Physicians Day

On Feb. 3rd, we celebrate National Women Physicians Day-the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell. Blackwell was born in 1821 and became the first woman to practice medicine in the United States. 

Several medical schools rejected Blackwell before being accepted by Geneva Medical College in New York. After graduating first in her class in 1849, Blackwell continued her training in Europe. She returned to New York City to practice in 1851 and in 1868, opened a medical college. Along the way, Blackwell faced discrimination over her refusal to accept the prescribed gender roles of the day. 

Today, the ratio of female to male doctors is increasing. In 2019 for the first time, women outnumbered men in medical school. The 2022 Physician Specialty Data Report from the Association of American Medical Colleges found that women constituted 37.1% of active physicians in the United States. The majority specialize in pediatrics, obstetrics, and gynecology, but women providers are gaining ground in other specialties. 

Wapiti Medical Staffing celebrates the role women physicians play in our health care system. The need for providers is growing in the United States, and women are helping to narrow the gap. 

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