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Report: Female doctors hurt productivity

By HealthLeaders Media Staff  
   June 04, 2009

The growing ranks of female physicians in Canada will slash medical productivity by the equivalent of at least 1,600 doctors within a decade, according to a new analysis of data indicating that female MDs work fewer hours on average than their male colleagues. The paper comes a year after a blue-chip list of medical educators publicly condemned what they called the scapegoating of women for Canada's severe doctor shortage. Mark Baerlocher, MD the study's lead author, acknowledged he is tackling a thorny issue, but stressed he does not favor curbing the number of female physicians. Instead, the study calls for greater increases in medical-school enrollment to offset the findings.

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