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Women in Medical School Are Wrong About How Smart They Are

A new study shows that women doubt themselves more than men do when answering medical questions
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Ladies, if you needed one more reason to love yourselves, just peruse the March 3 edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine, if you haven’t already.

The issue featured a telling comparison of responses given by men and women to medical questions on the mobile platform Osmosis, a service designed to help medical students study (through studying, not osmosis). The analysis, conducted by researchers at New York University’s School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, found that while women were more likely to give correct responses than men, they were less confident about their answers. The study identified women by using software to determine sex, based on a person’s first name.