Might you be suited to a certain area of medicine more than others?
If students have gendered approaches to studying and learning, how might this lead to differences in specialty choice?
encouragement from mentors
respect from colleagues and society
type of care
Once in practice, there is evidence that male and female physicians deal with similar work-related stresses differently and rely on varied methods for personal support.
A recent Canadian study of first year medical students found that those most interested in family medicine tended to be female. Many female students have experienced an spoken or unspoken suggestion to enter family medicine, as such a career might better allow one to have a family . While the percentage of females entering medicine in Ontario has risen over the past decade, the percentage of medical students applying to family medicine programs has fallen. Students from smaller communities were more likely to have an interest in family medicine.
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