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The Influence of Gender on the Medical Student Evaluation of High-Risk Behaviors in an Adolescent Patient

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Article

Publication Date

9-1-2017

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Abstract

Physicians are key in identifying and addressing adolescent high-risk behaviors. We evaluated the influence of patient and student gender on medical students’ assessment of adolescent behaviors. Performance on an adolescent Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) was compared between male and female students and the four student-patient gender pairs. From 2009 to 2013, 396 students completed the OSCE. Overall scores were significantly higher for females. All students scored poorly on the question addressing sexual behavior, but female students scored significantly higher than males. Students are weak in screening adolescent sexual behaviors and gender impacts screening practices. Further research evaluating this impact is needed.

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10.1007/s40670-017-0411-7

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