That there were many more women graduating from medical school in 2008 than in 1980 is pretty intuitive. On the one hand, that’s the progress of gender equality. On the other hand, there are many more people today than there were 30 years ago and the population is older and in more need of medical care. So you might be surprised to learn that actually the new woman doctors have just crowded out male doctors:
Given the underlying demographic shifts and the skyrocketing spending on health care, this is kind of amazing. Doctors earn a lot of money and I’m sure more people would be willing to go to medical school if the powers that be wanted to train them.