According to a new study from the University of Montreal, female doctors outperform male doctors on detail-oriented metrics of patient care.
Valerie Martel and her co-authors studied 870 physicians in Quebec (half men and half women) who treat patients with diabetes. They found that female physicians were significantly better than male physicians at prescribing recommended medications and planned examinations-- factors that can have a dramatic effect on diabetic patients' overall health. Female doctors also spent more time talking with their patients face-to-face.
Of course, there are many excellent doctors of both genders, but after decades of women being disenfranchised from the practice of medicine, Martel's research is a welcome indicator of how far we have come.