Female physicians and the work-family conflict

Yulia Treister-Goltzman, Roni Peleg

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    Abstract

    There has been a dramatic increase in the number of female physicians in all fields and specializations of medicine, but this increase has not resulted in a redistribution of domestic tasks and responsibilities. Reviewing the literature of the last two decades (April 1994 to April 2014) on how female physicians cope with the challenge of balancing their family and professional lives for the duration of their professional careers revealed that they suffer from the work-family conflict more than other professionals and that it has a more negative effect on women than on men. Women physicians consider workfamily balance significantly when making career choices. These considerations affect their career success, their productivity as faculty members, their marital life, and parenthood. Having a supportive spouse at home and a facilitating mentor at work are important for a positive work-family balance among female physicians. Special career-supporting measures, such as flexible work schedules and expanded support for childcare over the course of work and when taking part in academic activities, are critical for female physicians.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)261-266
    Number of pages6
    JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
    Volume18
    Issue number5
    StatePublished - 1 May 2016

    Keywords

    • Female physicians
    • Physicians’ careers
    • Work-family conflict (WFC)
    • Work-life balance (WLB)

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine (all)

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