Does the gender of your physician play any role in the outcome of your illness ?
I know many patients who are not so confident in getting treated by a female physician. They feel women are not up to the mark in solving complex issues in medicine though they are very comfortable to be under the care of a female nurse. Such misconceptions based on gender is prevalent widely and is probably one of the reason why female physicians in USA gets on an average 20000 dollars less than male colleagues in a year.
But what does scientific data say ?
A new study published online in JAMA has some interesting results. As per the study female internists give better results than their male counterparts.