Gender and extracurricular passions
There is an intriguing phenomenon among medical students in Nigeria and I'm beginning to suspect it could well be universal. Men perform much better than women in the preclinical basic sciences courses, but during the clinical years the women close up the gap or even completely take over the scene.
I think this is because female medical students become more serious after all their preclinical flings, settling down to the reality that their attractive status as young, intelligent, and usually beautiful medical students, has begun to wane as age begins to take its toll on them and they become less desirable. Male medical students, on the other hand, start feeling the demand to become real men as they begin to perceive the time of graduation draw closer. In the Nigerian context, a real man is an all round developed individual with cash in the bank, good spiritual maturity, proper ideological orientation in several issues of life, good public and interpersonal relationships, and a sustainable passion such as literature, chess, basketball, or football. And maybe, some might add, a girlfriend, girlfriends, or one girlfriend after the other—a whole load of extracurricular commitments for the male medical student.
Whatever happens, men get