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Reflections on Gender in Practice


Michelle Catton for the Gender and Health Collaborative Curriculum Project, 2005 (approx 29 min)

Dr. Cohen, Professor Emeritus, McMaster University, is internationally acknowledged for her contribution to our understanding of gender as a determinant of health. In this interview she addresses:

  • the difference between sex and gender

  • gender as a  determinant  of health

  • the effect of gender expectations on men

  • gender, poverty and the role of physicians

  • the need to be aware of our own perceptions and biases

  • approaching practice and the medical literature from a gender perspective

  • equality in medical education, the impact of having more women in medicine and whether barriers for women still exist in medicine

  • her experiences over a career of advocating for the health of women