Women Outperform Men After Japan Medical School Stops Rigging Exams

Women outperformed men in admissions examinations for Juntendo University medical school in Tokyo this year. Last year, the school admitted to rigging admission procedures to give men an advantage over women.

The medical school said that of the 1,679 female candidates who took the entrance exam earlier this year, 8.28%, passed compared to the pass rate among the 2,202 men, which was 7.72%.

It was the first time in seven years that the pass rate for women was higher than men, according to reports from The Asahi Shimbun.

The University attributed the change in test results to the decision to “abolish the unfair treatment of female applicants” after it was revealed that the exams had been rigged against women.

Women don’t just outperform men on medical exams, one harvard study found that patients cared for by female doctors are less likely to die or need follow-up treatment. The study found “that approximately 32,000 fewer patients would die if male physicians could achieve the same outcomes as female physicians every year.”

Juntendo is just one of several medical schools in Japan that rigged exams to give first-time male applicants an advantage over female applicants and other candidates who had failed the exam before.



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