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Anytime you are working with students ask:

  1. How does language used by the physician either reinforce or minimize gender stereotypes?

  2. How should the physician respond to patient communication patterns that reflect gender or racial stereotypes?

  3. When is gender neutral language appropriate?  When is it inappropriate?

  4. How can the physician use language to minimize the power imbalance between doctor and patient? [2]

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2. Tutor Guide to the Gender and Health Collaborative Curriculum written by Dr. Susan Phillips, Queen’s University and Chair of the Gender Issues Committee of the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine.

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