Women and medicine THE FUTURE A report prepared on behalf of the Royal College of Physicians by Mary Ann Elston Emeritus Reader in Medical Sociology Department of Health & Social Care Royal Holloway, University of London
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Citation for this document: Elston MA. Women and medicine: the future. London: Royal College of Physicians, 2009.
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Summary of key findings
Introduction to the project
The intake to UK medical schools
The medical workforce in the NHS in England
The UK medical profession: stocks and flows
Modernising Medical Careers
Re-organising doctors’ days (and nights)
The dynamic division of medical labour
Official and institutional data sources
Information from cohort studies of UK medical graduates
Information on medical women’s representation on elite leadership and decision-making bodies
Statistical information for international and inter-professional comparisons
Seminars and interviews
The final report
Trends in entry to the profession
Trends in entry to UK medical schools
Applications and acceptances for UK medical schools
Possible explanations for the higher acceptance rate for female applicants to medical school between 1996 and 2006
Variations between medical schools
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Women and medicine
Gender differences in medical school performance
Trends in applications and acceptances to UK medical schools in a wider context
Entry qualifications and degree subject choice
The declining relative share of male applicants for medicine
Summary of recent trends in entry to UK medical schools