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Are you hard-wired for a certain area of medicine?

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The Empathising-Systemising Theory suggests that our brains are gendered. Are there female and male brains? Some people believe so[12]. It is thought that some people are more empathetic (the female brained) while some are more systematic (the male brained)[12]. Empathising involves relating to others on an emotional level through intuition and sensitivity. Systemising involves analysis, construction, and exploration. These distinctions do not necessarily correlate with the biological sex of the person.

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If a person has a 'female' brain, which areas or specialities in medicine do you predict they would enjoy?

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If a person has a 'male' brain, which areas or specialities in medicine do you predict they would enjoy?

Use the following links to test your own empathising quotient and systemising quotient:

empathising quotient

systemising quotient

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How might such a classification system perpetuate gender biases in medical education?

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Do you feel there is a connection between personality type and suitability for certain specialities in medicine?

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12. S. Baron-Cohen. They Just Can't Help It. The Guardian. April 17, 2003. . Accessed Online July 20, 2004. * www.guardian.co.uk/life/feature/story/0,13026,937913,00.html * Baron-Cohen, S. The Essential Difference Perseus Publishing, 2003.

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