Special Communication  |   May 2018
Women in Osteopathic and Allopathic Medical Schools: An Analysis of Applicants, Matriculants, Enrollment, and Chief Academic Officers
Author Notes
  • From the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: None reported. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Maureen E. Basha, PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Department of Physiology, 1901 Perdido St, New Orleans, LA 70112-1393. Email: mbash1@lsuhsc.edu
     
Article Information
Medical Education / Obstetrics and Gynecology
Special Communication   |   May 2018
Women in Osteopathic and Allopathic Medical Schools: An Analysis of Applicants, Matriculants, Enrollment, and Chief Academic Officers
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 2018, Vol. 118, 331-336. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.064
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, May 2018, Vol. 118, 331-336. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.064
Abstract

In the 1993-1994 academic year, female enrollment was 34.7% in osteopathic medical schools and 40.2% in allopathic medical schools. To assess progress in female enrollment since that time, the authors examined admission data in the ensuing years, including female applicants, matriculants, and first-year students in osteopathic and allopathic medical schools, as well as female chief academic officers at these institutions. In the 2004-2005 academic year, 50.3% of first-year students in osteopathic medical schools were women; however, by the 2013-2014 academic year, that figure dropped to 44.2%. The percentage rose slightly by the 2016-2017 academic year to 45.9%. Additionally, for the 2016-2017 academic year, allopathic medical schools had a significantly higher proportion of female matriculants than did osteopathic medical schools (49.8% vs 45.9%, respectively; P<.001).

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