Why female physicians prioritize career over starting a family

A survey found 71 percent of female physicians delay childbearing due to career goals and concerns.

Researchers conducted one-on-one interviews with 16 female physicians, then surveyed 24 female physicians, about their family planning and knowledge of infertility. The results were published in JAMA Network Open.

The majority of physicians said they delayed childbearing. Female physicians pointed to two reasons: insufficient perceived peer and administrative support and the fear that family building would negatively affect their career trajectory. Sixty-seven percent of women interviewed said they altered the course of their career due to family planning.

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