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Gender Inequality in Medical Assisting

Similarly, in a court case of EEOC v. LA Weight Loss in December 2008, EEOC alleged that a chain of weight
loss counseling centers with facilities in 21 states had a company wide policy of refusing to hire men into the
positions of medical assistant and various management positions. A review of their applicant flow and census
data showed that men were not hired and employees were told by managers that they were not interested in
hiring men because they believed that their customers and clients responded better to female staff.

"So, what's going on?" What keeps the number of men in the medical assistant field so low? Men who go
into medical assisting will quickly learn that social pressure isn't the only challenge their career choice might
bring. It might be the lack of employer's awareness and acceptance of men in this field and the notion that men
who display caring attitudes toward sick and elderly people aren't real men, like firefighters and police. Men
often have a hard time finding other men who are willing to talk about working in care giving roles. The situation
is perpetuated by highly feminized images and pictures in the media and in magazines showing almost always
women in nursing scrubs and health care jobs.

Could It Be Deep Rooted Misconceptions? The persistence of misconceptions and cultural bias plays a big
role. Not only employers have certain misconceptions about what a medical assistant should look like and men
in scrubs, but also educators.

Could It Be Stereotypical and Sexist? Another reason why few men are found working in medical offices are
false ideas about the role and function of men in a medical office. Employers believe that nursing and medical
procedures best belong into the hands of a woman.

Could It Be The Way Doctors Hire? Each employer begins the selection of possible candidates with a well-
established system of beliefs about what a medical assistant should look like. During the pre-employment
interview it is the interviewer's deep rooted stereotypical misconceptions and concerns about the stigma of a
man's suitability for the medical office environment which is hindering the male applicant's efforts when
applying. And when you have a male health care provider heading a medical office the picture of a friendly
smiling female welcoming patients is what they envision (sexism). Even most female health care providers
running a medical office see it this way.

Could It Be Unequal Pay? Wages play another important role when jobs are being sought. Pay inequity may
easily be another contributing factor for men shying away from the medical assisting career. Traditionally men
are the main breadwinner of the family and so they need jobs that pay well. However, employers rarely pay
more than what they must, and do not always offer additional benefits. Relatively low hourly wages for medical
assistants and lack of benefits such as health insurance, paid vacation, sick days, and group retirement plans
are not attracting men in those positions.

Male Medical Assistants

Study after study demonstrates that misconceptions and prejudices about men working in an assisting role in
the medical office still exist. The initial study held in June 2003 revealed that male medical assistant students
made up less than 10 percent in vocational training programs. Despite of an expressed interest in this career
men have been discouraged and frequently denied access to medical assisting training and positions on the
job market.
A male medical assistant, who calls himself Weisy wrote us this:
"I graduated at the age of 49 and I'm a male. My medical assistant externship was in a physical rehabilitation clinic. I worked the front desk, but my back office was conducted in giving pool therapy classes and assisting the physical therapists. I also have worked in cardiology, mental health and in internal medicine (government facility),yet I'm considered to be more of a nursing assistant, not an MA. Still, no matter where I worked - I always gave it my best. It is all health care." --  Weisy

Dispelling the Myths


Misconceptions and social taboos that keep men out of the medical assistant career should be identified, addressed and corrected. Vocational training and educational programs should set enrollment goals for male students and actively recruit them. Schools should advertise at places where men can be found such as colleges, newspapers and magazines for men. The number of male faculties (MA instructors) teaching the medical assistant curriculum should be increased to support the men in the profession as role models.

One way to change the public's way of seeing men in scrubs would be through positive role models and a more proactive approach toward men in the media: videos, graphics and publications should show men and women performing clinical and administrative tasks side-by-side and communicate that hiring men is a positive move. Accurate information about vocational training opportunities for men and a positive image showing male medical assistants integrated in the medical office setting and clinics should be broadcasted and published.
Men Interested in Medical Assisting
On the flip side,  as the presence of women in American medicine has grown, researchers have repeatedly speculated about their impact on the practice of medicine. As an article in the New York Times Sunday Magazine once posed the question, "Are Women Better Doctors?" (Klass 1988). Discussions in the medical press and among academic researchers have been drawn to the same question (Bluestone 1978; Hayes 1981; Abel 1992; Lorber 1984 and 2000; Levinson and Lurie 2004).