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Frivolous Fear Over Feminized Medical Schools: Why Affirmative Action for Men is Not Justified

Kaitlyn Matulewicz

Abstract


In Canadian medical schools female students are outnumbering their male
classmates. In response, the following question has been raised: should affirmative
action for male applicants to Canadian medical schools be introduced? After investigating
the gender composition of Canadian physicians across specialties, the
experiences of women in medical schools, and the principles underlying affirmative
action - as recognized by the Supreme Court of Canada - this article concludes
that affirmative action for males applying to medical schools should not be introduced.
A policy of affirmative action for male medical school applicants would
give the illusion that sex equality within the field of medicine has been achieved.
The greater representation of female students in Canadian medical schools should
be celebrated as a chance to mitigate institutional barriers still faced by female
physicians and professors within the medical field, rather than being approached as
a concern.

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leurs camarades de classe masculins. La question suivante s'est donc posee : devraiton
introduire l'action positive en faveur des candidats masculins? Cet article
conclut, aprits avoir examine la composition par genre des mkdecins canadiens
dans toutes les spkcialitCs, les experiences des femmes dans les Ccoles de mkdecineet les principes sous-jacents ii l'action positive (tels quTadoptCsp ar la Cour suprEme
du Canada), que l'action positive en faveur du genre masculin ne devrait pas Etre
introduite. Une politique d'action positive en faveur des candidats masculins
aux 6coles de mCdecine donnerait l'illusion que llCgalitC des sexes dans le domaine
de la mkdecine a CtC rkaliske. On devrait cClCbrer cette reprksentation plus
importante des Ctudiantes dans les Ccoles de mkdecine canadiennes comme une
chance dlattCnuer les barriilres institutionnelles auxquelles se heurtent les femmes
mCdecins et professeurs du domaine m6dical au lieu de s'en inquiCter.

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