Study finds women now outnumber men in the medical field

Studies are showing more and more women are entering the medical field. According to the Association of American Medical colleges, in 2017, for the first time ever, the number of women enrolling in medical school outnumbered men applicants.

The number of women enrolling has increased 3.2% since 2016 while the total number of applications by men is dropping.

Employees at Mayo said this change has already effected many things in the field.

“I do think it has had a significant effect on the curriculum in medical schools, on how things are taught, on things like teamwork. There’s had to be a lot of changes that have happened in the last 30 years that I think have a lot to do with the fact that there’s more women in medicine now,” said Cherri Olson, associate director at the La Crosse Mayo Family Residency Program.

While Mayo has seen an increase in women medical school applicants, they say they generally try to keep the number of men and women students equal.