Sunday, November 27, 2022

Include a gender perspective in medical universities


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There are pathologies that cause different symptoms in women than in men. However, most diseases are studied mainly in men, without regard to health from a gender perspective. This context directly impacts both the diagnosis of the disease and the application of the most appropriate treatment, directly affecting the quality of life of patients. In that sense, the Dr. Maria Teresa Ruiz Cantero, professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Alicante, stressed the need to incorporate a gender perspective in medical universities. «The gender perspective contributes to the benefit of women and men, but it must urgently reach university education»highlighted during a colloquium organized by health in collaboration with Organon.

Dr. Ruiz Cantero: «The gender perspective contributes to the benefit of women and men, but it has to reach university education»

O Dr. Carmen GallardoDean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and vice-president of the National Conference of Deans of Faculties of Medicine, agreed that this knowledge exists, but that, when applied, it results «much difficult”.

Dr. Carmen Gallardo: «Assessment agencies can help when it comes to incorporating gender-sensitive medical education in universities»

Therefore, he underlined that “assessment agencies can assist in the incorporation of gender-sensitive medical education in universities. If, for example, these entities requested the incorporation of the perspective in the study plan as a requirement, it would be an advance, as was done at the time with the issue of disability».

In turn, Dr. Ruiz Cantero agreed that «it is necessary to incorporate the gender perspective transversally throughout the career”. As explained, this would mean that all disciplines, skills, contents and learning outcomes of the degree in medicine incorporate differences by sex and gender inequalities. Also, between 10 and 15% of exam questions should have questions about it. «I think there are already recipes, what happens is that, effectively, there has to be a will».

Dr. Manuel Anxo: “Scientific evidence does not translate into care that includes a gender perspective in daily clinical care”

O Dr. Manuel Anxo Blanco, Executive Director of Institutional Relations, Access and Communication at Organon, highlighted that there is a lack of sensitivity to be aware of inequalities in care according to gender. «scientific evidence does not translate into care that truly includes a gender perspective in daily clinical care». In this sense, he exposed the importance of sharing this scientific evidence among professors and the entire health community to break this first barrier and generate a different vision. «Many agents within the system must try to push in the same direction»It’s over.

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