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A little more than half of all physicians under 35 are women, while two-thirds of all medical doctors are men, according to the latest numbers from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.
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A little more than half of all physicians under 35 are women, while two-thirds of all medical doctors are men, according to the latest numbers from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

For the first time in Virginia's history, the majority of younger physicians are women. But men still dominate the overall ranks of medical doctors.

A little more than half of all physicians under 35 are women, while two-thirds of all medical doctors are men, according to the latest numbers from the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

Statewide, the median age of physicians is 49, and about 70 percent of those surveyed said they plan to retire within the next 15 years.

Looking at changes between 2008 and 2010, more physicians over age 55 were working full-time hours. Weekly hours for the younger doctors however had decreased.

The data also looks at where physicians completed medical school and their residences, and where they've ended up working. About a quarter report hospitals as their primary practice, a third are part of group practices, and 15 percent are working solo.

But just what does it all mean? The Medical Society of Virginia mulls that one over, while developing strategies to meet the needs of patients now, and in the future.

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