Gender Medicine Creative Commons, Attribution alone (BY)
Authors: Agnese Collino, Giulia Sacchi, Chiara Segré, Stefano Cinti, Eleonora Vannini, Eva Scaini, Noemi Baruch
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This module aims to draw students’ attention over a new important aspect of life sciences and clinical research: the gender medicine, intended as the study of the differences between men and women both in their physiology and in their responses to diseases and treatment. Although gender differences might be quite evident to anyone, this peculiar medical field is very recent: it started to be matter of discussion in USA during the ‘80s, and in Europe approaches in healthcare sector began to be implemented in the first years of the 2000s. Much is still to be discovered to improve diagnosis and treatment specific for men and women: a challenge for the next future.

Technical requirements
  Projector, screen, powerpoint
Knowledge acquisition gain
  Students will be given few examples of diseases which behave differently in male and female population, either because of different symptoms or due to different therapeutic possibilities, with an activity aimed at fostering discussion on current situation and possible implications.

Workforce in Medicine

In the EU, jobs for health professionals - such as health practitioners, nursing professionals, and paramedicals - grew by 9% in the past five years. Jobs for health associate professionals - such as lab technicians and medical assistants - grew by 13%. Overall, they account for 6% of all jobs in the EU. As of 2016, around 13 million European health workers are employed. Most of them work in the health & social care sector. A small minority of health professionals works in other sectors - for example as consultants, professors, or public servants. In the next years, jobs for health professionals will increase by 5%, and jobs for health associates will increase by 10%.

  120 min
Number of staff
Education Level
15-18 years
Science Discipline
Classroom use
Supervision required
Teacher supervision required
Knowledge prerequisites
Beginner: material is applicable to all students
Operating system
Technical requirements
Projector or large screen required
Installation effort
No installation required on typical computer
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