Medical students' attitudes to gender issues in the role and career of physicians: a qualitative study conducted in Sweden
2006 (English)In: Medical teacher, ISSN 0142-159X, E-ISSN 1466-187X, Vol. 28, no 7, 635-641 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
There is an increasing awareness of the importance to address gender issues during medical studies. This qualitative study is aimed at exploring students’ attitudes to gender issues in the career of physicians, and identifying questions important to consider in medical education about gender. At Umeå University in Sweden, third-term medical students write an essay about ‘being a doctor’ and they also reflect on gender issues their future career. In 2002, the essays of 41 men and 63 women (75%) were analysed using open coding and repeated comparisons to elaborate categories. Four main attitudes towards gender were identified. Important and interesting (men 22%, women 63%), meaning gender was regarded as a crucial consideration in a physician's working life. Interested women expressed personal worries about their future, while interested men's reflections were more intellectually focused. Relevant with doubts (54%, 27%) represented a positive stand while simultaneously reducing the significance of gender. In Irrelevant and irritating (20%, 8%), gender was seen as over-talked and politics. Irritated students challenged the teachers and questioned gender as a field of scientific knowledge. Neglecting denoted avoidance of gender (5%, 3%). To avoid reinforcing stereotypical ideas about men and women, teachers and physicians need more knowledge about gender.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Update , 2006. Vol. 28, no 7, 635-641 p.
adult, attitude of health personnel, female, humans, male, men/*psychology, physician's role, prejudice, students; medical/*psychology, sweden, women/*psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-6305DOI: doi:10.1080/01421590600871007PubMedID: 17594556OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-6305DiVA: diva2:145974