10+ Year Member
- Oct 16, 2004
I really don't get it. I mean, ob/gyn I can understand given the intimacy issues of pelvic exams and such, but why pediatrics? Children need mothers and fathers. They need male and female role models. And the practice of pediatrics (at least in the inpatient setting) seems very analogous to specialties like neurology or internal medicine - heavily diagnostic with a minor procedural component. I don't see that IM or neurology are female-dominated. So what gives? Is it the salary? Is it that women have a greater affinity to children than men do? Is it that they end up in pediatrics by default because they are intimidated/not interested by the surgical fields historically dominated by men?