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Study: Male residents are twice as likely to interrupt

Residency Program Insider, January 18, 2021

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Male residents are more likely to interrupt during teaching conferences than female residents, according to a research letter published in JAMA Network Open.

Researchers analyzed 50 in-person and virtual morning report conferences from January to June 2020 for the internal medicine residency program at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. During that time, they documented 187 verbal interruptions from residents. For the purposes of the study, an interruption was defined as "a breach in conversational turn-taking," such as requests for clarification, agreements, disagreements, or changing the subject.

Of those 187 interruptions, 67% were made by men and 33% by women. Also, researchers found that the gender of the speaker did not have an impact on the frequency of interruptions. For example, male residents are no more likely to interrupt if the speaker is female than male.

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