Whoa, mic drop: A new study from Harvard University just found that female physicians are better at taking care of elderly patients than male doctors.
Yep, the study—published this week in the academic journal JAMA Internal Medicine—explains that a whopping “32,000 fewer patients would die if male physicians could achieve the same outcomes as female physicians every year.”
Here’s why: Based on previous research, female doctors tend to spend more time per appointment with their patients and stick more closely to clinical guidelines than males. They’re also much more likely to call in those super-important preventative tests like your annual mammogram or pap smear.
Clearly, male docs have a thing or two to learn from their female counterparts. (Cue the conversations about the gender pay gap.)