Compensation and Satisfaction in Orthopaedic Surgery

Emily Curry, BA; Elizabeth Matzkin, MD

Income disparities between the sexes have existed for decades in practically all fields. With the second wave of feminism that began in the 1960s, workplace equality dramatically increased. Within medicine, however, a sex gap still exists, most prominently within the surgical specialties, such as orthopaedics.

Even though women accounted for 49 percent of enrollees in medical school, only 5.7 percent of orthopaedic surgeons were women, according to the 2014 AAOS Member Census (Fig.1). Studies performed in other surgical specialties suggest that income and overall career satisfaction may differ between males and females and may be contributing factors to this gap between the sexes.

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