Female medical students lack confidence

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

Dr Zoe Stewart, a junior Australian doctor, says the findings ring true for the Australian medical community as well.

"Sadly, these results are not surprising and certainly not unique. Women quite consistently lack confidence, even when their performance is equal to, or better than, that of men," she writes in an opinion piece in the latest MJA Insight.