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Empowering Women in Medicine

How Does Your Medical School Compare?

Medical schools are at the forefront of the increasing wave of medical women. Currently, over 36% of all medical students are women. School by school, that number varies from 53.6% at the Medical College of Pennsylvania to a dismal 17% at the University of Utah. The percentage of women first-year students in the 1989-90 school year ranged from a high of 57% at Rush Medical College in Chicago to a low of 20.2% in Utah.

These numbers, however, are deceptive. While the number of women students is increasing, it is growing in an arena with no power, no authority to implement policy, and no venue to speak out effectively for change. In essence, these women are virtually invisible in the field of medicine, and their presence as medical students is no guarantee that women will become visible in the higher ranks.

But even at the medical student ranks women are far from equal. Note, for example, that of the 127 medical schools operating today, equal numbers of women are present in only four student bodies. There is still much progress to be made.

 


Percentage of Students Who Are Women at U.S. Medical Schools



  School   %Women   Rank           School   %Women   Rank
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Alabama      27.9    118        Creighton     27.6    120
S. Alabamath 40.1     30        Dartmouth     48.7      6
Albany       33.5     92             Duke     30.9    108
Albert Einst 41.8     21    East Carolina     37.8     54
Arizona      44.0     16            Emory     33.7     89
Arkansas     28.2    117          Florida     41.3     26
Baylor       37.3     61   Florida, South     31.8    104
Boston       42.0     19    G. Washington     40.3     29
Bowman Gray  32.1    100       Georgetown     32.2     99
Brown        43.6     17 Georgia, Medical
S. Calif     32.6     95       College of     30.8    109
U California:                   Hahnemann     36.1     68
  Davis      39.8     33          Harvard     39.1     41
  Irvine     38.7     46           Hawaii     33.9     88
  LA         42.3     18           Howard     51.8      2
  San Diego  33.1     94      S. Illinois     35.6     70
  San Fran &                U of Illinois     32.3     97
  Berkeley   44.5     15          Indiana     31.1    106
Caribe       37.9     53             Iowa     33.4     93
CW Reserve   45.0     12        Jefferson     34.0     87
Chicago Med  32.0    101    Johns Hopkins     39.5     36
Chicago-Prit 31.9    102           Kansas     31.0    107
Cincinnati   38.3     51         Kentucky     32.4     96
Colorado     41.1     27        Loma Unda     31.2    105
Columbia     37.8     54  Louisiana State
Connecticut  47.5      8      New Orleans     30.8    109
Cornell      38.6     50 
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Louisiana State-              Penn State      35.9     69
Shreveport   29.2    114  Penn, Univ. of      34.3     84
Louisville   36.8     64      Pittsburgh      27.0    123
Loyola-Str   39.4     39           Ponce      34.7     76
Marshall     37.4     58     Puerto Rico      39.5     36
Maryland     38.2     52       Rochester      41.8     21
Mass.        45.2     10            Rush      44.6     14
Mayo         41.7     23     Saint Louis      25.0    125
Meharry      46.7      9 Med Univ of
Mercer       39.4     36  South Carolina      31.9    102
Miami        34.5     81 U of S Carolina      27.2    121
Michigan St  49.8      5    South Dakota      34.2     85
U of Mich    34.4     83        Stanford      33.7     89
Minn-Duluth  51.0      3          Temple      38.7     46
Minn-Minn    38.7     46 Tennessee State      34.7     76
Mississippi  25.4    124  U of Tennessee      29.5    113
Missou-Col   34.5     81        Texas AM      39.1     41
Missou-KC    50.1      4      Texas Tech      29.0    115
Morehouse    48.3      7     U of Texas:     
Mount Sinai  45.2     10  at Dallas (SW)      33.6     91
Nebraska     37.6     56    at Galveston      30.0    112
Nevada       37.6     56      at Houston      38.8     44
New Jersey:               at San Antonio      37.5     58
  UMDNJ-NJM  35.2     72           Tufts      39.6     35
  UMDNJ-RWJ  34.7     76          Tulane      34.6     79
New Mexico   42.0     19  Uniformed Serv      21.4    126
New York Med 38.7     46            Utah      17.1    127
NY Univer    34.8     75      Vanderbilt      27.2    121
New York:                        Vermont      44.7     13
  SUNY-Brook 35.2     72  Virginia, East      39.9     32
  SUNY-Buff  41.5     25 Med Col of Virg      34.6     79
  SUNY-Stony 38.8     44             UVA      37.2     62
SUW-Syracuse 36.3     66 Washington Univ     
N Carolina   40.6     28     (St. Louis)      27.7    119
N Dakota     34.1     86          U Wash      40.1     30
Northwestern 37.5     58     Wayne State      36.2     67
Ohio Med Col 39.3     40      W Virginia      32.3     97
Ohio, NE     41.7     23      Wisconsin,
Ohio State   35.3     71   Med. Coll. of      36.8     64
Oklahoma     28.7    116     U Wisconsin      37.0     63
Oral Roberts 30.2    111    Wright State      39.8     33
Oregon       38.9     43            Yale      35.1     74