How is gender integrated in the curricula of Dutch medical schools? A quick-scan on gender issues as an instrument for change

Petra Verdonk, Linda J.L. Mans, Toine L.M. Lagro-Janssen

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Medical education has not taken on board the growing awareness of sex and gender differences. A nation-wide project to incorporate sex and gender in medical education aims to establish longitudinal gender and sex specific curricula in all Dutch medical schools that move beyond sex and gender differences in reproduction. A baseline assessment was necessary to gain an overview on the state of the art of sex and gender in Dutch medical curricula and on the courses that were suitable to integrate sex and gender differences. A quick-scan demonstrates that sex and gender differences beyond reproduction are mostly ignored. Results have been used to create the necessary commitment of policy-makers in all Dutch faculties to take further steps towards establishing longitudinal gender-specific medical curricula.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-412
Number of pages14
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2006

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