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Study: Gender bias found in faculty feedback to emergency medicine residents

Residency Program Insider, November 17, 2017

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A study recently published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education suggests a difference in the kind of feedback male and female emergency medicine (EM) residents received from their attending physicians. Researchers examined more than 1,300 direct observation evaluations of 47 postgraduate year 3 residents at an ACGME-accredited EM training program.

An analysis of the comments, which came from 67 faculty members, found that stereotypically masculine traits were “ideal” for EM residents, according to their evaluators. Also, when evaluated on their performance on Milestones, female residents tended to receive less consistent feedback than their male colleagues. For example, when male residents struggled, they would receive comments from multiple attending physicians noting the same concern. When female residents struggled, they would often receive discordant feedback from different attending physicians. 

Source: Journal of Graduate Medical Education



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