Integrating Gender in Medical Education

Most medical research over the years has focused on men as subjects, and results were then extrapolated to include everyone else. Gender-specific medicine as the study of how diseases differ between men and women in terms of prevention, clinical signs, therapeutic approach, prognosis, and psychological and social impact.

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Gender Sensitive Medical Research & Education

  Gender and Medical Research
Sex Bias Exists in Basic Science and Translational Surgical Research 
Although the Revitalization Act was passed in 1993 to increase enrollment of women in clinical trials, there has been little focus on sex disparity in basic and translational research. It hypothesizes that sex bias exists in surgical biomedical research. Of 2,347 articles reviewed, 618 included animals and/or cells... Find out more →

Women's Health and Gender-Based Clinical Trials on Etoricoxib: Methodological Gender Bias 
The aim of this study was to determine compliance with published good practice guidelines for gender and clinical trials using etoricoxib. The rationale for choosing etoricoxib was that it is widely used by women and there is evidence of potential interaction with contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy as highlighted in the product characteristics... Find out more →

Medical Education and Gender
Prioritizing Health Disparities in Medical Education to Improve Care 
Health and health care disparities exist for specific populations worldwide. These populations—defined by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, and sexual orientation, among other attributes—are the human capital with whom institutions must partner to achieve educational, clinical, and research excellence in health disparities... Find out more →

The Two-Finger Test Doesn’t Work? No One Told The Medical Colleges

This blog published on The Ladies Finger's website, discusses, among other aspects of the issue, why the two finger test needs to be get rid of and how young doctors and medical students are not really 'prepared to be more sensitive and more professional when they encounter a victim of sexual assault'... Find out more →

Gender Sensitivity among Medical Professionals
Physicians as Agents of Social Change 
The September issue of Virtual Mentor explores physicians’ role in addressing the myriad non-medical factors—such as poverty and economic justice, climate change and environmental stewardship, marriage equality and human rights that affect human health. There is danger that well-intentioned physicians with little expertise on such “non-bedside” matters may be taken as authorities... Find out more →

How Doctors Can Close the Gap: Tackling the Social Determinants of Health through Culture Change, Advocacy and Education
The report identifies how doctors can take account of social inequalities in every area of their work, calling for changes to medical practice and consultations and encouraging doctors to use their powerful voices to advocate health equality. The links between climate change and health inequalities and the fact that what is good for climate change is good for health are also highlighted... Find out more →

Gender and Healthcare

Low-Dose Aspirin Use for the Prevention of Morbidity and Mortality From Preeclampsia: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement
Update of the 1996 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on aspirin prophylaxis in pregnancy. The USPSTF reviewed the evidence on the effectiveness of low-dose aspirin in preventing preeclampsia in women at increased risk and in decreasing adverse maternal and perinatal health outcomes, and assessed the maternal and fetal harms of low-dose aspirin during pregnancy... Find out more →


Role of Noninvasive Testing in the Clinical Evaluation of Women With Suspected Ischemic Heart Disease: A Consensus Statement From the American Heart Association
In recent decades, there has been an appropriate focus on ensuring gender equity in the quantity and quality of evidence to guide female-specific, optimal management strategies for suspected and known ischemic heart disease (IHD). The evolving evidence supports a multifactorial pathophysiology of coronary atherosclerosis that includes obstructive coronary artery disease... Find out more →

Gender and Depression

Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative
Every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide somewhere in the world. “Preventing suicide: a global imperative” is the first WHO report of its kind. It aims to increase awareness of the public health significance of suicide and suicide attempts, to make suicide prevention a higher priority on the global public health agenda...Find out more →

Treatment of Depression: Men and Women Are Different?
Using data from more than 1,000 twins from the vast birth-certificate-based Virginia Twin Registry of individuals born between 1940 and 1974, and assessing them with personal interviews at least 1 year apart, the authors have produced insights into psychosocial risk factors for women and men with major depression...Find out more →

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