Profile America: First Medical School for Women

On this date in 1848, the first medical school for women opened in Boston. By 1873, the school had graduated almost 100 doctors. That year, the Boston Female Medical School merged with the Boston University School of Medicine to form the world’s first coed medical learning facility. In America today, around 55 percent of all college students are female, and women earn around 53 percent of the doctorates in health professions awarded each year. Of the 969,000 active physicians in America, 634,000 of those identified are men, and 334,000 women. Female doctors make up the great majority in the specialties of obstetrics, gynecology and pediatric medicine.

You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online.

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