oa African Journal of Health Professions Education - Perceptions of female medical students on gender equality gains at a local university : short report

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5127



Gender bias has been entrenched in healthcare education, research and clinical practice. In a review paper addressing gender bias in medicine, Wong stresses why this should receive attention when medical curricula are constructed. He highlights that gender inequities are still apparent in health, as much of the current medical knowledge is based on the 'male norm'. This bias within healthcare and the medical educational system has been reiterated by many within and outside of the profession. A recent study done in the United States found that simply increasing the number of female students recruited for health education has not eliminated either gender bias present in the curriculum or the discrimination against women whilst participating in medical education.

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