Us: med students, our OB-GYN attending: blatantly misogynist...
February 25, 2013 9:14 AM Subscribe
...and it's affecting our learning environment.
Basically it's not one big thing, rather an endless pattern of small things that make it fairly unpleasant to be a female student. Only calling on male classmates in rounds/lectures, only learning the names of male students and using inappropriate nicknames for female students, making comments about female bodies (that are irrelevant to the teaching or practice of medicine), etc.
He is a highly respected physician and academic, and my assumption is that the school administration will not be particularly understanding or receptive to complaints (although we have not tried this route yet). We would rather not confront him directly about this situation. What to do? (More examples inside)
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Further/expanded examples of his behaviour include:
-Repeatedly calling female (and only female) students by things which are not names: "abortion girl" (his name for a student who asked if we would be receiving a lecture on abortion - the answer to which was "No"; a name which he used for an entire rotation last year), "scrub-in girl," "girl next to [boy's name]".
-Making reference to women performing oral sex that was tangentially related to class, but then perseverating on the subject for a few minutes for no discernible reason. We deserve a class that does not feel like a boys locker room.
-Asking the male students in the class (small group containing 3 male students and 1 female student) to evaluate the attractiveness of two mostly-naked women of the covers of two Obstetrics textbooks.
-Asking each male student in the room for his answer to a question, skipping over the one female student in the small group, and continuing to only ask boys, by name, to answer on a subject until someone got it right (there were only four students in the room).
-Role-playing his (OBGYN) patients by speaking in a high pitched, mocking voice, having them saying fairly dumb things.
We don't think this is intentional, or conscious, but it is pervasive and consistent, and not a conducive environment to learning. Our sense is that this is not a new issue this year, but we think it's unprofessional, and really ought to be unacceptable.
Also - this man is responsible for our evaluations. After other students complained about the "abortion girl" nickname last year (although not the student herself), he gave an introductory lecture to our clerkship group (same students, one year later) saying "If there are any problems in the rotation, please let us know early. If you have a problem with a name the doctors are calling you, tell us early and not at the end of the rotation," while staring directly at the student who had been called by that name.
We would love some input on this! We get the feeling that not everyone in the class finds his behaviour to be inappropriate. How to proceed, best practices here, even just affirmation that we're not just a few HYSTERICAL FEMALES much appreciated.