Earlier this month, a study found women drop out of premed at a higher rate than men. Most interestingly, they dropped out at higher rates even when they had the same grades as their male counterparts! Let that sink in for a moment.
The Numbers Don’t Lie
The study linked above tracked 8,253 premed undergraduates at an unnamed public research university between 2008 and 2016. The group consisted of about 5,550 women and 2,690 men. From that group, 194 women and 262 men sat for the MCAT. It starts in the first year. While 96% of men who earned As in orgo I took orgo II, only 89% of women did the same. Finally, when the researchers examined students with A averages, only 30% of the women took the MCAT compared to 65% of the men.
A Lack of Self Confidence
The researchers concluded women drop out due to a lack of confidence. Ladies, if you decide to drop out of premed because you lose interest in medicine, that’s fine. If you drop out because your grades are low and you feel it’s a lost cause, that may make sense too. However, in the latter case, make sure your grades really will keep you out of medicine. If you’re not sure who to turn to, we offer a complimentary assessment. Call us. We’ll be happy to assist you!