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Understanding gender is essential to clinical practice.

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The Medical Council of Canada, The College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada all believe that understanding gender is essential to clinical practice.

LCME Accreditation Standards, June 2004

Objective ED-22:  Medical students must learn to recognize and appropriately address gender and cultural biases in themselves and others, and in the process of health care delivery.The objectives for clinical instruction should include student understanding of demographic influences on health care quality and effectiveness, such as racial and ethnic disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The objectives should also address the need for self-awareness among students regarding any personal biases in their approach to health care delivery.

Make no mistake, GENDER IS ON THE EXAM!