Clinical education is an essential component of medical training. Medical educators rely on clinical education throughout the curriculum to build well-educated, well-rounded, and professional medical providers. Unfortunately, the clinical education experience is not always created equal. Clinical education is more difficult to control given its inherent variables: variable preceptor experience, practice patterns and preferences, and variable patient populations and volumes. Additionally, perceptions of gender bias within the clinical education experience can negatively impact the learning experience. Several publications have demonstrated that male-gendered students are denied patient care experiences due to gender exclusion, often during the Obstetrics/Gynecology (Ob/Gyn) clinical rotation. Therefore, male students gain less clinical experience during this time, which can affect learning outcomes, future employment prospects, and, most importantly, the patients. This article reviews the literature on the impact of gender bias within the Ob/Gyn medical specialty for healthcare professionals and proposes potential solutions. As medical educators, it is essential to recognize potential barriers to equitable education and provide every opportunity for student success.
MacKinnon HM. The Impact of Gender Bias Perceptions within Clinical Education and Proposed Solutions. University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository. 2023; 5(2).
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