Where have all the men gone?
The number of men choosing to become doctors is dwindling. Karen Herbert considers why
During the past few years many of you will have noticed that the number of male medical students has been steadily diminishing. Although most medical schools try to widen participation among people from ethnic minorities and disadvantaged socioeconomic groups, little attention is paid to the dwindling representation of men. Not only does this have implications for medical students but also for the future medical workforce.
In 1996, 46% of UK university medical and dentistry students were men. In 2002, this had decreased to 39%, according to the BMA's equal opportunities committee. In 2001, more than a third of general practitioners in England and Wales were women, and more than three fifths of general practitioner registrars were women.1 In the same year, a third of all hospital medical staff in England and Wales were women. However, a greater proportion of junior doctors were women. In 2001, 43% of registrars, senior house