In some countries, the number of female undergraduates outweighs men - the so called feminisation of medicine. But is this something to worry about, as some people have suggested? Finola Lynch finds out
- By: Finola Lynch
Unless you were holidaying on Mars last summer it seemed impossible to miss the furore created by Carol Black. The president of the United Kingdom's Royal College of Physicians was quoted as saying that the medical profession had too many female doctors. As a result of the increasing proportion of women, the status of medicine was in danger of diminishing.1 Although Black later distanced herself from these comments, she sparked an enormous debate in the press and gave the kiss of life to a word now synonymous with what is happening to the state of medicine - feminisation.
Do a quick straw poll among your medical peers, however, and it is soon clear that most undergraduates were blissfully unaware of the media storm. Is that necessarily a bad thing? Isn't it the job of undergraduates to pass medical degrees, not worry about the state of a profession that they will