Male MDs vs. Female MDs....any working preferences?

  1. Hi.

    I am new to and this is my first post.

    I am not a nurse but am SERIOUSLY considering it. I discovered this website while researching about nursing and have found it to be quite helpful and informative. I just turned 34 last month and have a B.A. in English (NO I DO NOT teach!!!). I am contemplating a career switch. In my 'former life' I have worked in just about every field, from insurance, to banking, to working in the communications division of an educational museum (that was probably my favorite job, a speakers bureau manager). I have worked in HR offices, in libraries, and as a temp. For good or for ill, my work experience is pretty broad.

    As you know, sometimes people have preferences regarding the gender of their GPs. Just out of curiosity, I was wondering if there were any nurses out there (male or female) who had preferences about the gender of the doctor(s) they work with. Personally, I would think that as long as the doctor was competent, capable, responsible and compassionate (I'm asking for a lot, aren't I....), gender would not matter. But you often hear stories about all-women offices and how difficult they can be to work in.

    Thanks for your patience with this newbie.

    (PS-Figaro is my 2 year old 'tuxedo' cat (black and white).)
  2. Poll: Male MDs or Female MDs?

    • Prefer working with male doctors

      7.14% 1
    • Prefer working with female doctors

      7.14% 1
    • Matters not to me

      85.71% 12
    14 Votes
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  4. by   live4today
    Welcome to Allnurses, Figaro's Mom!

    It doesn't matter to me which gender I work with as long as that doctor carries himself/herself in a professional way, acts respectful to the nursing staff, and shows concern and compassion to his/her patients.

    I have worked with the best and the worst of doctors with no distinction of gender between the two scenarios. Good luck to you in crossing over from teaching to nursing if you choose to do so. Like teaching, the world can always use more nurses.
  5. by   fergus51
    I find it depends on the doc. The older males have a reputation for being chauvinistic perhaps, but some of the females are also known for having that queen bee syndrome. I think it depends on the individual, though working OB I have noticed most younger women prefer having female doctors...
  6. by   ClariceS
    It really depends on the doctor. I have seen some of the gentlest care given by a male doc and some of the rudest treatment from a female doc. (Yes, am gender stereotyping). A lot of the patients here still listen to the male doc better (and ask the male nurses if they are doctors or becoming doctors).
    If the doctor is professional and treats both patients and staff with courtesy, I don't care which gender they are.