Voices of a female medical student: A call for gender sensitivity in medical education

Chung Yee Zenobia Chan, Yvonne Y. Wong

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Abstract

Female medical students are especially vulnerable and even silent in writing because of the traditional gender role stereotyping in the tertiary education and healthcare systems. Besides the great pressure stemming from the longer duration of medical training than other health disciplines, female medical students receive little gender sensitivity care, and their personal experience in the study journey is frequently ignored. In order to give them a voice, we interviewed a female medical student from Hong Kong and explored her personal struggle during her undergraduate study. The interviewee's narratives show that female medical students in Hong Kong may face enormous gender inequality in their bachelor studies, which might hinder them from taking a leadership role in medical fields in the future. To conclude this chapter, we suggest that medical teaching staff should be aware that there are potential gender biases in medical training.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Issues in Chinese Contexts
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Pages37-50
Number of pages14
Volume5
ISBN (Electronic)9781536112238
ISBN (Print)9781608767236
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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