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Independent Project

This Independent Project is meant to stimulate thinking and may be used as part of your Gender and Health Portfolio.

Think of an area of personal interest to you in medicine. This could be a past patient case, clinical experience, or story of a friend or family member.


Use the Gender Lens Tool to identify issues related to the gender of patients and their physicians that exist in this area of medicine.


Fill in the Gender Lens Tool chart below to help identify any gaps in the literature relating to gender issues in the diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, et cetera of the medical condition in your area of interest.


Write out your findings and thoughts after investigating the literature. Are you surprised by the level of attention given to gender differences in the existing literature on your area of interest?


How can you, as a medical student, work to address and fill in these knowledge gaps in the literature? How can you be an advocate for comprehensive medical knowledge?