For the first time, most students in U.S, medical schools are women.
According to a new report by the Association of American Medical Colleges, women now make up 50.5% of medical students in the U.S.
The percentage of medical students who are women has been increasing gradually in recent years, rising from 46.9% in 2015 to 49.5% last year.
This trend is likely to continue as the number of women applying and entering U.S. Medical schools is increasing — while the number of men apply and entering medical schools has declined.
In the Northwest, the percentages of medical students who are women are higher than the national average:
- At the University of Washington Schoool of Medicine, 622 of the 1,185 medical students are women — 52%.
- At Washington State University’s new Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, 113 of the school’s 200 medical students are women — nearly 57%.
- And at Oregon Health and Sciences University the percentage is even higher—over 58%—398 of the medical school’s 684 students being women.