Insight for Gender Discrimination and Inhibition in Medicine:Challenges and the Way Forward


  • Author- Asma Abdul Razzak, Lubna Kamani, Kiran Bajaj, Nazish Butt


The part of female medical graduates in medical schools has been increasing during the past several years, as has the sum of women practicing medicine and otherspecialties worldwide. Despite theirshared desire to work in interventional professions such as surgery and gastroenterology (GE), women remain significantly underrepresented in these professions. A survey was distributed to female patients who were waiting on appointments for basic care at four sites as part of an American study. International reports state that women make up 13% of GE consultants and roughly 25–30% of GE fellows. Of those surveyed, 43% said they would choose a woman endoscopist, 87% said they would give time lag of 30 days for one, while 14% said they would be willing to pay more for one. A multicenter, cross-sectional study carried out in three Pakistani tertiary care facilities. Of the patients who showed favoritism for a particular gender, 707 (65.6%) were willing to wait an average of 7 daysfor an endoscopist ofthat gender, and 511 (72.3%) were not.In addition to the previouslymentioned obstacles, programs that cater to the female community should take consistent gender choice for an endoscopist into account as an obstacle to screening. Women's compliance with colonoscopy may be increased by the endoscopist's gender preference.