Idaho needs ‘more of us’: Gem State has smallest percentage of women doctors in US

February 3, 2023

Magic Valley Family Medicine Residency Program‘s 3rd year resident, Dr. Lauren Nesbit was interviewed by Steve Kiggins of Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho. This article is a wonderful representation of the need and importance of female physicians in Idaho.

“On this National Women Physicians Day, marked annually on Feb. 3 in honor of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female to attend medical school in the United States and later the first listed on the U.S. Medical Register in the 1850s, Nesbit is moving ever closer to joining the smallest cohort in any of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Just 26% of physicians in Idaho are women, the lowest percentage in the country, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The number, nationally, is 37%.”

Kiggins, 2023

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