Gender and Medical Education

gender medical education

Time for a round up of some posts around gender and medical education. This list are posts about this subject all starting with a link to the original post.

  • Gender and Medical Textbooks. Current medical textbooks do not consistently integrate gender-related aspects of coronary heart disease, depression and alcohol abuse, thereby omitting information. When it is available, information mainly applies to epidemiological data and reproduction.
  • A Portrait of Depression in Mass Media, Gender Influences. This study not only shows that certain traditional gender norms still persist in mass media representation of men and women suffering from depression, it also challenges some of these gender norms.
  • 25% of Medical women students experience sexual harassment. In the international literature reports of sexual harassment of medical women students fluctuate between 18-60%. The authors state that the incidence is relatively low in The Netherlands.
  • 6 Reasons why Female Doctors won’t Reach Senior Ranks The suggestion is that feminisation of the medical workforce will degrade professional leadership, status and influence because women will compromise career aspirations for parenthood.
  • Women Doctors more often wear White Coats in Media Portrayals. The author of the letter to the editor in Medical Education asks herself if women still need to wear a white coat to be recognized as doctors and not be mistaken for nurses. Such images may maintain and reinforce gender inequalities. High-prestige specialties such as cardiology and neurosurgery are dominated by men, whereas psychiatry, dermatology and geriatrics are dominated by women.
  • Women in the medical academic workforce. Only 1 in 10 medical clinical professors are women in the United Kingdom (UK). No female professor was employed in 6 medical schools. The newer medical schools had a better gender balance than some of the more established schools.