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Gender Positive: Women in Concierge Medicine

Specialdocs Offers Complimentary New Podcast…Leading Female Physicians Discuss Why Concierge Medicine is an Ideal Fit for Women

Burnout, shrinking reimbursement, vanishing autonomy…the medical landscape has been extraordinarily challenging for physicians in the last decade. For women, the terrain was even tougher, struggling with pay disparity1, stepping off the fast track to raise children, and a higher degree of burnout 2 than males.

A growing number of female physicians, however, have found that concierge medicine offers a way to genuinely ‘have it all.’ In an eight-part complimentary podcast hosted by Specialdocs Consultants, leading physicians share why concierge medicine is a deeply rewarding choice for women, uniquely suited to their vision of practicing medicine. See preview here.

“What we get as concierge physicians and as women is control of our work environment, patients’ experience, ability to earn a living, and the way we take care of our families, and that’s a tremendous privilege.” Dorothy Serna, MD, Houston, TX

“From our company’s earliest days, we’ve witnessed the power of concierge medicine to transform a woman physician’s life,” says Specialdocs CEO Terry Bauer. “Founder Roberta Greenspan knew from personal experience the challenges faced by women in healthcare, and was passionate about offering this very viable solution to female physicians. My hope is that all physicians – male and female alike – will listen to this podcast and realize how the concierge model can restore balance and joy to their lives.”

The series includes:

  • Part 1: Change Artists:  our panel reveals why they changed to a concierge model.
    “Burnout to the point that I was done with medicine if this (change) didn’t work. Now I can’t imagine ever going back to the way things were.” — Nan Monahan, MD, Atlanta, GA
  • Part 2: It’s About Time: why patients embrace concierge medicine.3
    “Patients leave my office feeling that every question is answered and that I gave them the best care I could.” — Monica Sarang, MD, Burbank, CA
  • Part 3: Gender Matters: differences in the way men and women physicians provide care.4
    “I still do spend more time with patients. It’s that need to make sure everyone understands exactly what we’re doing and is happy with the plan.” — Judith Shea, MD, Greenwich, CT
  • Part 4: Mastering the Balancing Act:  how concierge medicine provides the key to a real work-life balance.
    “I wanted to be home and able to read to my kids and put them to bed. If I wasn’t going to be able to do that I wasn’t going to be a happy person or a happy physician.” — Dr. Sarang
  • Part 5: Patient Preference: the surprising demographics of a female concierge physician’s patient panel.
    “Many men recognize that talking to a woman physician, who is likely to spend more time listening, is a great way to get care.” — Dr. Serna
  • Part 6: Woman to Woman Rx: advice for women physicians considering a change.
    “With concierge medicine you can have a full practice and still be able to teach, do research…stretch yourself.” — Dr. Shea
  • Part 7: A Unique Partnership: Specialdocs’ individualized approach to transition.
    “Specialdocs works powerfully behind the scenes and allows us to be us.” — Natasha Beauvais, MD, Alexandria, VA
  • Part 8: Empowerment: taking control of the professional journey.
    “The transition was much easier than I thought it would be…and it’s been fantastic.” —  Dr. Monahan

Specialdocs Consultants has provided expert guidance and counsel to physicians across the country since 2002, helping them transform their practices and their lives with concierge medicine….and staying with them long after. The company’s unique approach ensures that physicians retain their autonomy, with their own names at the forefront of the practice.


  1. Women physicians earned 27.7% less than males in 2017, Doximity Physician Compensation Report 3/18
  2. Women physicians report burnout at higher rates than males (48% vs. 38%), Medscape National Physician Burnout and Depression Report 2018
  3. 98% satisfaction rate reported by patients of Specialdocs physicians, 4.91/5 on quality care of received, Specialdocs patient surveys 2009-2016
  4. Elderly patients treated by women physicians had lower mortality rates and risk of readmission, JAMA 2/17 JAMA
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