The Attrition of Female Doctors in Pakistan: The way forward

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In Pakistan, the term ‘Doctor Brides’ is in constant parlance in media and refers to those females who leave the profession after graduation to take the roles of wives and mothers (1-4). Whilst they are commonly blamed for the shortage of physicians in the country, there is a lack of official data which explores the attrition of female doctors in the country. According to a 2019 news report, 85,000 female doctors have already left work in the country (5). It has also been estimated that 70% of all medical students in Pakistan are female, half of whom do not continue in the medical profession after graduation (6). In 2014, the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) attempted to restrict female admissions to 50%. This was, however, challenged in the Punjab High Court and this decision was put on hold (7, 8).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Women Medical and Dental College
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2022


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