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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Women who teach internal medicine specialties still get paid less and have less representation in leadership, according to a new study from JAMA Internal Medicine.

The big picture: In their analysis across 154 medical schools in the U.S. between 2018 and 2019, researchers found women were paid at least 90% of men's median annual salary in 10 of 13 internal medicine specialties.

But, but, but: When researchers examined by rank, men's salaries were higher than women's in 56 of 62 categories.

  • Women's median salaries did not reach 90% of men's salaries in cardiology, gastroenterology and critical/intensive care.

Zoom in: Women also comprised fewer than 50% of total full-time faculty across all ranks.

  • Representation was nearly equal at the instructor and assistant ranks but dropped to 24% at higher ranks, such as professor and "chief" ranks.

Women's median annual salary in faculty positions were about $25,000 lower in all ranks except for "chief."

The bottom line: Despite the progress in more women entering internal medicine, pay and representation persist in some areas.

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Medicine's trust problem among women

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The lingering legacy of clinical trials failing to include women as participants, combined with frequent gaslighting by doctors and a general lack of research on women's bodies, has led many to mistrust medicine.

Why it matters: This mistrust plus a constant barrage of misinformation can influence women's health decisions, including deciding not to follow recommendations for the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Oct 9, 2021 - Health

A generational shift on women's health

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

When it comes to women's health, Americans — and the advertisers that market to them — are getting blunter.

What's happening: Women's health is undergoing a generational cultural change. Younger women talk more openly about their periods and sexual health concerns — and more companies are marketing to them with messages that women only whispered about a few years ago.

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Medicaid's safety net for pregnant women

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Fewer women are uninsured (10.5%) nationally than men (13.4%), due in large part to Medicaid providing pregnancy coverage for low-income women.

By the numbers: 16.1% of women are on Medicaid, compared with 12.7% of men, according to census data analyzed by the Kaiser Family Foundation.