Medical Students' Gender is a Predictor of Success in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Basic Clerkship

Jessica L. Bienstock, Shari Martin, Wendy Tzou, Harold E. Fox

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Background and Purpose: The objective of this study was to investigate whether a gender difference exists in student performance on any component of the grading scheme in an obstetrics and gynecology clerkship. Methods: Evaluation of medical students'performance in the obstetrics and gynecology clerkship at our institution includes an Objective Standardized Clinical Examination with an interpersonal skills subsection, a written examination, and faculty evaluations. Performance data from 355 medical students enrolled in the clerkship between 1995 to 1998 were analyzed. Results: Female students performed better than their male colleagues on the written examination (d = .56), the overall Objective Standardized Clinical Examination (d = .46) and its interpersonal skills subsection (d = .49), and the final clerkship score (d = .48). There were no differences between male and female students in faculty evaluation scores. Female students received better final scores for the clerkship. Conclusions: Female students performed about Vi standard deviation better on the majority of the assessment tools used in the obstetrics and gynecology clerkship. Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 14(4), 240-243

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-243
Number of pages4
JournalTeaching and Learning in Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2002

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