Integrating the Gender Perspective in Medical and Health Education and Research

Integrating the Gender Perspective in Medical and Health Education and Research

The biomedical and gender-biased medical education and research system failed to address women’s health concerns, they have also created and contributed to gender inequalities in health and sexism in medicine. As a result, sensitive and painless breast and pelvic examinations for women have not been an integral part of medical teaching practice and how this has caused unnecessary suffering for women undergoing treatment. Similarly, it is clear that due to the all-male basis of much medical research, doctors have been practising men’s health on women, which both compromises women’s health care and puts women’s lives in danger. Thus, we certainly cannot allow the gender inequalities in health and gender bias in medical education and research to continue. We must act promptly and globally towards a paradigm shift from that instilled since the eighteenth century, when medical education was first organised to mass produce medical doctors. [author]

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