How to be an attractive andrologist in the UK
Andrology and urology fellowships are the fastest-growing career paths for female practitioners in the United Kingdom.
A new study by the University of Warwick’s Gender and Society Centre (GSC) has found that more than a quarter of female doctors are pursuing a medical or clinical role in their area of expertise.
“The UK is home to one of the highest numbers of female health practitioners in terms of numbers, and there’s a strong gender divide,” says Dr Sarah Mancini, GSC’s director.
“There are a lot of women in the field, but not a lot are doing it well.”
Gender gaps in male-dominated fields are a major challenge in the medical and medical care sector, where gender bias is widespread.
The study examined the data of more than 12,000 medical practitioners and surveyed 1,000 female doctors from across the UK, aged between 35 and 60, who had completed a medical degree.
The researchers identified a wide gender gap, with the vast majority of female and male doctors holding similar clinical roles in the fields of medicine, nursing, obstetrics and gynaecology.
Women made up 47% of the population in all areas of practice, but only 22% of those practising in the most male-friendly areas.
In the UK’s private sector, only 8% of doctors in 2015 were women, the study found.
The gender gap in the private sector is a problem for both women and men, as there are few women who have the qualifications to be in the top ranks of the private and public sectors.
“We know that women tend to be more under-represented in senior positions in the professions,” says Prof Amy Mair, chair of the Gender and Social Diversity Research Unit at the University College London, which conducted the study.
“In general, they’re less likely to have the same experience of working in their fields as their male colleagues, and therefore tend to have more difficulty in meeting their professional needs and making their way through their careers.”
Female doctors were also more likely to be overrepresented in leadership roles in private and government hospitals.
“Women are not as successful in their careers in the public sector, which is a huge problem for women and girls in particular,” says Mair.
“It’s also a problem in the social sector, as women and children often end up at the back of the queue for public services, such as schools.”
Female health practitioners are not alone in seeking medical roles.
Female doctors and midwives have also been increasingly targeted in the political sphere, with a recent report by the Gender Equity Research and Education Centre of the University and Wales (GERSC) saying that “in recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of women who are seeking health professions.”
But there is no evidence to suggest that women’s healthcare is more challenging in this country.
The report also found that there is a large gender gap when it comes to the types of healthcare services offered by private providers, such to physical healthcare, mental health and family planning.
“As a society, we tend to view gender differences in healthcare as a sign of inequality,” says the GERSC report.
“But in fact, gender differences are actually positive for women.
In many cases, they actually result in greater access to quality health services.”
Andrologo is a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to providing gender and sexuality education and information to the wider community.
Andrologos main focus is on gender equality and gender inclusion in health care and healthcare systems.
The organisation is a partner in a range of initiatives such as Gender-neutral healthcare and Gender-positive medicine.
Androgynous doctor, uk uk Andrologue is a female uk based in Leeds and based in the City of London.
Its mission is to help women and women-identified people find the health care they need, and also to empower them through advocacy and education.
Andropogos first office is based in Newcastle, and is one of three offices in the country dedicated to helping gender-queer women, trans and non-binary individuals and gender non-conforming people.
Androtogos mission is not just about providing healthcare, it’s also about gender equality.
“Our goal is to ensure that the healthcare system and healthcare practitioners are inclusive of all identities and experiences,” says Andropogue.
“Gender is a social construct and we need to actively create a world that is more inclusive.”
Dr Sarah Gainsbury, a uk medical practitioner and the founder of AndrolOGos, is part of a team of gender non conforming doctors.
“Being a transgender or non-gendered person means that I don’t have the full range of physical, emotional, and sexual characteristics that my assigned gender is, and this means that my physical and mental health, as well as my sense of self, can be affected,” says Gainsburys husband.
“Andrologues work in