physicians continue to make more than female physicians and some
researchers believe that gap is widening. Dr. Darden North, multiple
award-winning author of 'Wiggle Room', uses this issue as a plot point
in his newest murder mystery
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Women In Healthcare Salary Discrepancies Still An Issue - Dr. Darden North Issues Statement
physicians continue to make more than female physicians. Some
researchers believe that gap is widening. Award winning author Dr.
Darden North uses this ongoing issue as a plot point in his newest
novel, 'Wiggle Room'
[Jackson, MS September 18, 2013] As quoted in The Gupta Guide by Sanjay
Gupta MD, a recent letter in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that male
physicians averaged over $56,000 more per year than female physicians
for the years 2006-2010.
"The disparity in annual income," Dr.
North stated, "between male and female physicians is sometimes
reflective of the workload or ‘man’ hours spent treating patients.
However, from a personal perspective, there are other factors such as
the incomes of the patient population itself --termed 'the payor mix'
by healthcare financial analysts. In my fourth and current novel
'Wiggle Room,' surgeon Diana Bratton finds herself underpaid not
because she is a woman or because her patients will not pay their
bills, but because she is overworked. One of her senior physician
partners is murdered, and she must take up the slack. I used this
financial burden placed on Bratton as character conflict that propels
her to find the killer of not only the handsome young physician in her
Mississippi community but patients as well."
practices medicine full-time as an obstetrician/gynecologist at Jackson
Healthcare for Women, PA, and writes mysteries and medical thrillers.
‘Wiggle Room’ is his recently released fourth novel. His third medical
thriller, ‘Fresh Frozen’, is in film development and received five
national writing awards: the 2009 National Indie Excellence Awards --
Winner, Best Cover Design and Finalist, Regional Fiction; the 2009 San
Francisco Book Festival – Honorable Mention in General Fiction; 2009
New Generation Indie Book Awards -- Finalist, Best Cover Design
Fiction, and Finalist, Regional Fiction. North’s first two novels,
‘House Call’ and ‘Points of Origin’, have also received national book
awards, most notably an IPPY for ‘Points of Origin.’ His first three
books have been nominated in Fiction by the Mississippi Institute for
Arts and Letters.
'Wiggle Room' has received high praise.
Robert Dugoni, New York Times best-selling author of 'The Conviction',
said "A rollercoaster ride of murder, intrigue, and plot twists,
'Wiggle Room' keeps (readers) turning the pages to the final, climactic
finish." Carolyn Haines, author of 'Bonfire of The Vanities' called the
book "An action-packed, edge-of-the-seat thriller."
incentives,” Dr. North continued, “for physicians to clock longer hours
may vary between fixed-salaried physicians, such as hospitalists or
employees of managed care entities, and those doctors in
private-practice clinics or other fee-for-service arrangements.
However, if those variables are factored in and do not explain any
inequity in male verses female physician compensation packages, then
the unfair salary differences must be corrected on a one-on-one basis.”
Darden North is available for media interviews, personal
appearances and book signings. He can be contacted using the
information below or by email at email@example.com. All of his
books are available at most online book retailers including Amazon and
Barnes and Noble. More information is available at his website at http://www.DardenNorth.com.
About Dr. Darden North:
North, MD, is a board-certified obstetrician/ gynecologist who grew up
in the Mississippi Delta and now lives in Jackson where he practices
medicine. A graduate of Ole Miss and the University of Mississippi
School of Medicine and Medical Center, he is a certified DaVinci
robotic surgeon and still delivers babies. North’s first novel, 'House
Call' was awarded Finalist in Mystery/Suspense by the 2008 Next
Generation Indie Book Awards. His second novel 'Points of Origin' was
recognized in Southern Fiction by the 2007 Independent Publishers Book
(IPPY) Awards. His third novel, 'Fresh Frozen' is in film development
by Frank Vitolo and Scott Alvaraz. The screenplay adaptation of ‘Fresh
Frozen’ is by Amy Taylor. The novel received Best Cover Design in the
2009 National Indie Excellence Awards and Finalist in Regional Fiction.
recently presented at the Southern Expressions Conference on the
construction of mysteries and thrillers and participated as a panelist
in “Murder in the Magic City” (Birmingham, AL), "Author! Author!
Celebration of the Written Word" (Shreveport LA), “Murder on the Menu”
(Wetumpka, AL), and “Thriller Author Panel – 2008 SIBA Trade Show”
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