In 2011 females comprised just over half (50.5%) the students commencing medical studies (50.9% of domestic and 47.6% of international graduates) and a similar proportion of medical graduates (54.1% of domestic and 54.2% of international graduates).
This proportion has varied little over the last three years in which data is available, with females representing 54.1% and 56.7% of all medical graduates in 2009 and 2008 respectively.
The proportion of females going on to specialise is slightly lower, comprising 50.3% and 47.6% of all vocational trainees in 2011 and 2010 respectively.
In 2011, half (2,672 or 50.8%) of all basic trainees were female. The proportion of females was much higher in certain specialities, namely obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics and dermatology in which 77.6%, 70.6% and 63.6% respectively of all trainees were female.
Half (5,116 or 50.1%) of all advanced vocational trainees were female. This proportion was far higher in some specialties, with females comprising three-fifths or more of advanced vocational trainees in public health medicine, paediatrics, general practice, rehabilitation medicine and psychiatry (73.1%, 65.9%, 65.8%, 64.8% and 63.0% respectively). In smaller specialties there were considerable fluctuations in the numbers of female trainees from one year to another.
The proportion of females who became new fellows is somewhat lower than the proportion undertaking vocational training, remaining relatively stable at around two-fifths of total new fellows each year from 2000. The proportion was, however, marginally higher in 2010 at 44.0% or 1,057 female new fellows.
In 2010, 14,528 or 32.5% of all fellows were female.