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... think about gender in your experience of medical education.

  • Are male medical students expected to be less emotionally affected by clinical encounters ?

  • Are female medical students expected to be more caring and assume caring roles when interacting with patients ?

  • Are male and female sexual function and anatomy covered equally ?

  • Are female  and male students equally exposed to learning how to perform testicular and pelvic examinations ?

  • Are there unspoken attitudes or messages about women entering certain competitive specialities ?

  • Is parental leave for male and female students and residents encouraged and accepted ?

  • Are females counselled to enter a speciality that would allow them to take time off to raise a family ?

  • Are direct or implied sexual comments made to students by supervisors during training ?

  • Are students informed of available avenues to utilize if an incident of harassment occurs during their education ?