Mai Yousef, M.D., family physician at Preferred Primary Care Physicians, has been appointed to the agilon health Female Physician Leadership Council, an organization of women who are “breaking the glass ceiling” for female physicians nationwide. agilon health, a company that empowers physicians to transform community health, created the council to celebrate and honor women doctors across the U.S. — while raising awareness about the specific challenges they face in the healthcare system.
One of the challenges female physicians may deal with is inequity. Research shows that females in healthcare are paid less and underrepresented in leadership roles as compared to their male counterparts. A new report published in Health Affairs finds that there’s a 25% lifetime pay gap between male and female physicians in the U.S. For a female physician, that adds up to a difference of slightly more than $2 million over a 40-year practice. Females also represent only three percent of healthcare CMOs, six percent of department chairs and nine percent of division chiefs according to the American Medical Association.
Ironically, studies reported in peer-reviewed medical journals, such as Lancet and JAMA, reveal that female physicians deliver better patient outcomes, including lower readmission and mortality rates.
The council’s collective goal is to foster collaboration between women physicians and male physician allies across a broad network of more than 1,600 PCPs nationwide. Dr. Yousef is joining forces with other healthcare leaders nationwide to address challenges currently impacting female physicians and explore opportunities for improvement.
“I am honored to be part of this prestigious national group of motivated and driven female healthcare professionals who are making a difference for women in healthcare. Research shows that female physicians are often underpaid and under promoted,” says Dr. Yousef. “I believe our efforts will call attention to the inequity issues that women in healthcare face — issues that have long been overlooked.”
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