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UAlbany’s Center for Health Workforce Studies Finds Gender Pay Gaps Widen for Newly Trained Physicians

Researchers at the University at Albany’s Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) analyzed starting salary trends for physicians who completed graduate medical education (GME) training in New York over the past 15 years. Using data drawn from its annual Resident Exit Survey, researchers found that despite the growing percentage of women completing training in the state’s GME programs, pay gaps between newly trained male and female physicians persist and are in fact widening. Findings from this study are detailed in a recent research brief, “Gender Pay Gaps Widen for Newly Trained Physicians.

Among the key findings:

Previous research found that female physicians completing GME training in New York earned less than their male counterparts, after controlling for factors known to influence income. At the same time, the number of women completing a GME program in New York has been steadily increasing. Between 1998 and 2016, the percentage of physicians who were female and completed a GME program in New York grew from 36 percent to 48 percent.

The New York Resident Exit Survey provides a unique opportunity to monitor income trends over time due to its regular and consistent administration since the late 1990s. CHWS will continue to monitor the gender pay gap and explore other factors that may affect the disparity.

To view the full report, visit the CHWS website.