Women Doctors 

Women Doctors - Medical Professionals & Para Medics

Women doctors of Pakistan as Medical Professionals have excelled in each branch of the field as this has been considered the most prestigious profession by the women themselves as well as their families. The medical profession has been women's favorite field since the British India times as the term 'Doctor' has both dignity and better income potentials.

Doctors - the care-givers - another natural role for women.

Celebrating the Legacy and Impact of Women Doctors in Pakistan

Women doctors in Pakistan have been pivotal in shaping the nation's healthcare landscape. They overcome societal challenges, balancing their professional and personal lives, to provide exemplary medical care and inspire future generations. From rural clinics to urban hospitals, their dedication and expertise significantly enhance public health and medical education. This section honors their contributions, highlighting their journey, achievements, and the ongoing efforts to empower more women in medicine. 

Women Doctors - Statistics and Trends

1. Women in Medicine:

- According to recent data, women constitute approximately 70% of medical students in Pakistan, a significant increase over the past few decades.

- However, only about 23% of these women continue to practice medicine professionally, highlighting a significant drop-off rate.

2. Positive Trends:
- Increased Enrollment: Medical colleges have seen a steady rise in female enrollment, reflecting changing attitudes towards women in professional roles.

- Mentorship Programs: Initiatives to mentor and support young female doctors are growing, aiming to improve retention and career advancement.

- Policy Changes: Efforts are being made to implement policies that support work-life balance, such as flexible working hours and maternity leave.

3. Challenges:
- Cultural and Societal Expectations: Many women face pressure to prioritize family over career, leading to a lower retention rate in the profession.

- Workplace Harassment: Female doctors often encounter workplace harassment and discrimination, affecting their job satisfaction and career progression.

- Lack of Support Systems: Insufficient childcare facilities and supportive work policies contribute to the challenges faced by women doctors.

Women Doctors - Surgeons, Specialists, Medicine, Consultants, Oncologists

There are numerous gynecologists, pediatrics, plastic surgeons, eye specialists, dentists and other.

The basic education required is a medical degree - MBBS or relevant to the field degree from the few medical colleges that cater to the need. Entry criteria is strict as top grades in the high school diploma are required.

After the MBBS degree a two year house job period is required at some recognized tertiary care hospital to qualify for private practice. Thereafter, many opt to proceed to other countries for a higher degree like FRCS.

These are highly qualified professionals and many get offers from around the world. While a number of them opt to practice abroad, there are several who prefer to return to their homeland and serve the country with their expertise.

There are no reserved seats for women and they have to compete on an equal footing with the other candidates to gain admission in medical colleges. Due to shortage of medical colleges, many are unable to pursue the career of their choice in medicine.

However, as most of the top grades are bagged by women since the past several years, they manage to get admissions on merit. With the increase in number of hospitals in the country in the private sector, there has been a growing need for good quality medical professionals. A number of these hospitals and clinics are owned by women as they enter into their private practice. That is really a lot to say about the capabilities of the women of Pakistan.

On the other hand, these dedicated professionals also serve as Lecturers and Professors at the medical colleges of both the public sector and the private sector.

Women Doctors - Women Dentists

Women dentists in Pakistan are making significant strides in the field of dentistry, contributing to both urban and rural healthcare. They represent a growing portion of dental professionals, with increasing numbers of female students enrolling in dental colleges. Despite facing societal and professional challenges, such as balancing family commitments and overcoming workplace discrimination, these women are excelling in various specialties, including orthodontics, oral surgery, and pediatric dentistry. Their efforts are crucial in improving dental health awareness and providing quality care across the country.

Challenges and Trends


- Gender Bias: Many women dentists face gender bias and limited opportunities for leadership roles.
- Work-Life Balance: Balancing professional responsibilities with family obligations remains a significant challenge.

Positive Trends:

- Increasing Enrollment: More women are enrolling in dental schools, driven by a supportive academic environment.
- Professional Networks: Growing networks and associations for women dentists provide support and advocacy for professional development.

Women dentists are pivotal in promoting oral health education and providing accessible dental care, particularly in underserved areas. Their contributions are essential in advancing the field of dentistry in Pakistan, inspiring the next generation of female dental professionals.

Women Doctors - Support Professionals - Radiologists, Healthcare Technicians, OT Technicians

Educational Institutions for Medical Professionals

The notable institutions imparting medical education are:

  • Liaquat University of Medical and Sciences, Jamshoro
  • Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi
  • University of Health Sciences, Lahore
  • University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore
  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan - for specialists training and post-graduate degree/diploma programs. 
Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS)

Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS)

Agha Khan University and Hospital

Agha Khan University and Hospital (AKUH)

Fatima Jinnah Medical College

Fatima Jinnah Medical College

Medical Professionals - Doctors, Dentists, Psychologists, Therapists, Naturopaths, Radiologists or Para-medical staff

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