Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Women in White Coats

Seven Days, a weekly paper in northern Vermont, is featuring an interesting trend story by Mary Hegarty Nowlan that looks at how the growing number of female doctors are altering health care in the U.S. "Medicine Women" describes how about half of all medical school students are now women and the ripple effect this change is having on how doctors practice. Nowlan cites research saying that female doctors are boosting the number of family and general practitioners, are more likely to spend time communicating with patients and are less likely to be sued. I like how Nowlan clearly and thoroughly examines the national trend while also showing its impact on her Vermont readers.


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