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Gynecologic oncologists moving away from private practice

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted June 7, 2010

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Practice trends among one subspecialty of medicine indicate that its physician population is increasingly likely to be female and more likely to be employed rather than in private practice.

According to "Gynecologic Oncology 2010: State of the Subspecialty" released May 18 by the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, those in this specialty were younger and more likely to be female than were their counterparts five years ago. In addition, more are employed or working in large practices.

"The study's findings offer a real indication of practice work force needs, what is required of today's gynecologic oncologist, and a road map for where the profession is heading in the future," said SGO President Daniel Clarke-Pearson, MD.

The average age of a gynecologic oncologist dipped from 51 years in 2005 to 47 in 2010. The proportion who are female grew from 20% to 33%, and the percentage of those who were salaried employees jumped from 56% to 77%.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/06/07/bibf0607.htm.

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