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Japanese women’s marks soar as medical school exam rigging ends

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 20 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4338

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Discrimination against women in medicine: lessons from Tokyo

  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal, Canada

Female applicants are outscoring males in the first fair entrance exams at Japanese medical schools that were rocked last year by revelations of widespread exam rigging against women.

Juntendo University in Tokyo reported a pass rate of 8.28% among the 1679 women who took its medical school entrance exam earlier this year. The pass rate among 2202 male candidates was 7.72%.

Hence the male pass rate is 7% lower than the female pass rate this year. Last year it was 93% higher.

An investigation by the ministry of education concluded in December that nine medical schools out of 81 investigated had discriminated against women in their entrance exams. Of the nine, Juntendo University had …

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