AHA: Gender Disparity in Cardiologists' Salaries

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AHA: Gender Disparity in Cardiologists' Salaries
AHA: Gender Disparity in Cardiologists' Salaries

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Male and female cardiologists have different job activities and salaries, with women having a lower salary than expected, according to a study published online Nov. 8 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology . The research was published to coincide with the annual meeting of the American Heart Association, held from Nov. 7 to 11 in Orlando, Fla.

Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil., from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues describe the working activities and pay of female versus male cardiologists. Data were analyzed from 229 female and 2,450 male cardiologists.

The researchers found that more women had specialized in general/non-invasive cardiology (53.1 versus 28.2 percent) and a lower proportion of women reported an interventional subspecialty (11.4 versus 39.3 percent). Gender differences were seen in numerous job characteristics, including the proportion working full time, number of half days worked, and work relative value units generated. Based on measured job and productivity characteristics, women in the sample would be expected to have a salary that was $31,749 higher than the observed salary, according to Peters-Belson analysis. The direction and magnitude of the independent correlation between gender and salary was confirmed in multivariate analysis.

"A substantial salary difference existed even after adjusting for detailed measures of personal, job, and practice characteristics," the authors write.

Two authors disclosed financial ties to MedAxiom.

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