Female doctors: more competent, less confident

Female medical students feel less confident than their male counterparts despite being more competent, a US study suggests.

More than 1000 medical students were asked to sit a web-based medical exam of 50 questions in which they were also requested to select their confidence rating after completing each question as either "I'm sure", "feeling lucky" or "no clue".

Female students performed slightly better on the exam questions, on average answering 61.4% correctly, while the average score for male students was 60.3%.