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Gender beliefs in medical students

Published:February 26, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2017.02.021
      2015 the Lancet Commission Women and Health stated the important role of women in health care [
      • Langer A.
      • Meleis A.
      • Knaul F.M.
      • et al.
      Women and health. The key for sustainable development.
      ]. Following that the UN launched it's ‘Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescent's health, 2016–2030’ program which delivers $25 billion in the next five years for their wellbeing [
      • Fassihian G.
      UN secretary-general announces $25 billion in initial commitments to end preventable deaths of women, children and adolescents by 2030.
      ]. Even if 70% of Medical Students are women, women's health is often a neglected subject in medical education. Predictively female dominant profession in the future has to react to the fact that currently women are underrepresented in learning about their health but also in their professional careers [
      • Keiser J.
      • Utzinger J.
      • Singer B.H.
      Gender composition of editorial boards of general medical journals.
      ]. The initiatives and studies mentioned beforehand encouraged us to look closer into the issue, its reasoning and report our findings. It was reported that roughly 30% in High Income Countries (HIC) and 57% in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) of students are educated in topics relating women's and children's health in LMIC [
      • Göpfert A.
      • Mohamedbhai H.
      • Mise J.
      • et al.
      Do medical students want to learn about global health?.
      ]. The Lancet Commission on Women and Health statement that the undervaluing of women's contribution creates a glass-ceiling which stops women from achieving leadership positions [
      • Langer A.
      • Meleis A.
      • Knaul F.M.
      • et al.
      Women and health. The key for sustainable development.
      ]. In an informal survey we randomly selected medical students from across Europe if they think that female physicians are undervalued in European society – in terms of “Who is the better physician?”

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