Women Make Better Doctors Than Men?
Yeah. But we're not just saying that because we work in an office full of women.
Anyone who has watched "The Mindy Project," "Heart of Dixie," or "Grey's Anatomy" might already know this: female doctors not only make great TV characters, they're also damn good at their job.
Researchers from the University of Montreal compared 870 physicians (half male, half female) who were treating elderly patients with diabetes and found that quality of care was higher among women doctors than men.
"To compare if a doctor’s gender affected patient behavior, the researchers evaluated physicians on three parts of standard diabetes treatment: prescribing periodic eye exams, scheduling frequent physical check-ups and keeping their patients on some mix of three different medications, such as statins to control cholesterol," TIME reports. "On all of the metrics, the female doctors beat the males."
Researcher Valérie Martel also said of the study, "Women had significantly higher scores in terms of compliance with practice guidelines. They were more likely than men to prescribe recommended medications and to plan required examinations."
The study points out that women might be outperforming their male counterparts because the boys were too quick to put away their stethoscopes and rush appointments. On average, men performed about 1,000 more basic treatment procedures per year and cycled through patients at a faster rate.
Do you believe women make better doctors?