Women rule Pakistan’s med schools, but few practice. Men want M.D. ‘trophy wives.’

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Twenty fourth-year medical students are learning how to examine a patient with a throat infection. Today's lesson is as much about patient care as it is the anatomy of the throat.

The patient is real, a woman, and the instructor invites several of the female students to examine her, since cultural sensitivities dictate that she does not want to be inspected by a man. The instructor has his pick, since there are 17 women and three men in this group of students.

It is almost as if men are an endangered species in Pakistan's medical colleges. …

The vice-chancellor of the prestigious Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto medical university in Islamabad, Dr. Javed Akram, says that girls are more focused on excelling academically than boys.

At the same time, he says that some female students are more keen on catching a husband than on pursuing a career.

Source: PRI (link opens in a new window)

Education, Health Care
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