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December 5, 2003

Albany - More women are signing up for the field of medicine.

For the first time, there have been more women than men applying to medical school.

Dr. Mary Sue Martin, with Phoebe Northwest, was glad to see more women in her class at University of Florida. She says, "I was glad more women wanted to become physicians. Specifically, when I applied for medical school it was 50 percent females and 51 percent males, so we're a small percentage taking over the market."

Martin graduated medical school in May. Applicants don't necessarily become entrants, but Dr. Martin says from her experience both women and men drop out because of first year medical school pressures. Men still are more likely to actually start school.

posted at 4:35PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com