Changing gender profile of medical schools in South Africa

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dc.description.abstract Background. Since 1994, higher education policy has been committed to equity of access for all, irrespective of race and gender. Objectives. We investigated progress towards these goals in the education of medical doctors, with an emphasis on gender. Methods. Databases from the Department of Education (DoE), Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and University of Cape Town (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences were used to explore undergraduate (MB ChB) trends at all eight medical schools and postgraduate (MMed) trends at UCT. Results. Nationally women have outnumbered men in MBChB enrolments since 2000, figures ranging between 52% and 63% at seven of the eight medical schools in 2005. However, the rate of change in the medical profession lags behind and it will take more than two decades for female doctors to outnumber male doctors. A study of UCT postgraduate enrolments shows that females had increased to 42% of MMed enrolments in 2005. However, female postgraduate students were concentrated in disciplines such as paediatrics and psychiatry and comprised no more than 11% of enrolments in the surgical disciplines between 1999 and 2005. Conclusions. The study provides a basic quantitative overview of the changing profile of medical enrolments and raises questions about the career choices of women after they graduate and the social factors influencing these choices. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject UNIVERSITIES en
dc.subject MEDICAL SCHOOLS en
dc.subject GENDER EQUALITY en
dc.subject HIGHER EDUCATION en
dc.title Changing gender profile of medical schools in South Africa en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber LDHAAA en
dc.Volume 98(7) en
dc.BudgetYear 2008/09 en
dc.ResearchGroup Education, Science and Skills Development en
dc.SourceTitle South African Medical Journal en
dc.ArchiveNumber 5488 en
dc.PageNumber 557-560 en
dc.outputnumber 4032 en
dc.bibliographictitle Breier, M. & Wildschut, A. (2008) Changing gender profile of medical schools in South Africa. South African Medical Journal. 98(7):557-560. en
dc.publicationyear 2008 en
dc.contributor.author1 Breier, M. en
dc.contributor.author2 Wildschut, A. en

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