WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FIRST MEDICAL SCHOOL FOR WOMEN
Profile America —Sunday, November 1st. On this date in 1848, the first medical school for women opened in Boston. At the time, it had a faculty of two and 12 students. 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. Today in the U.S., some 56 percent of all college students are female, and women earn around 58 percent of the doctorates in health professions awarded each year. Of the nearly 905,000 active physicians in the U.S., 587,000 of those identified are men, and 286,000 women. Female doctors make up the great majority in the specialties of obstetrics, gynecology and pediatric medicine. Profile America is in its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 3164
College enrollment/All races table: http://www.census.gov/hhes/school/data/cps/2013/tables.html
Medical doctorates conferred: http://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d14/tables/dt14_318.30.asp?current=yes
Active physicians: http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/total-active-physicians/
Physicians by gender: http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/physicians-by-gender/
Specialties, page 33: https://www.aamc.org/download/313228/data/2012physicianspecialtydatabook.pdf
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau