Obstetrics/gynecology struggles with the gender question. Although this employment ad doesn’t explicitly state that males need not apply, the implication of the posting is clear—the practice is looking for a female provider. “Presumably, they wouldn’t say they won’t accept men. But they list the gender of the people in the practice,” notes Daniel Breitkopf, M.D., director of the obstetrics and gynecology residency program at Mayo Clinic, of ads like this one. Such subtle wording is becoming more common in advertisements for ob/gyn providers these days. And it begs the question: Will there be a place for men in the specialty in the future?
Minnesota Medicine, By Carmen Peota, 03/01/2012