The Reading / Listening - Doctors - Level 1

A study shows that female doctors are better than male doctors, but get less pay. Researchers looked at three million medical records. The percentages of readmissions (people who had to stay in hospital a second time) and mortality (deaths) were lower if the doctor was female. Mortality rates were 15.02 per cent and readmission rates were 11.07 per cent for female doctors. They were 15.57 per cent and 11.49 per cent for male doctors.



Researchers did not say why women gave better care. Dr. Ashish Jha said "approximately 32,000 fewer patients would die" in the USA each year if male doctors did as well as female doctors. He also said it was wrong that male doctors got paid more than female doctors, because women were better at their jobs. Dr Jha said: "We need to understand why these differences exist," so female and male doctors work equally well and get the same pay.

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Sources
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/female-doctors-outperform-male-counterparts_us_58596b31e4b0b3ddfd8ef29e
  • https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/female-doctors-may-be-better-for-older-patients-health/
  • http://www.livescience.com/57262-hospital-patients-with-female-doctors-have-lower-death-risk.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. female doctors are better
  2. get
  3. three million medical
  4. The percentages
  5. people who had to stay in hospital
  6. lower if the doctor
  7. Mortality
  8. 11.07 per cent
  1. records
  2. a second time
  3. was female
  4. less pay
  5. of readmissions
  6. for female doctors
  7. than male doctors
  8. rates

Paragraph 2

  1. Researchers did not say
  2. women gave better
  3. approximately 32,000 fewer
  4. male doctors did as well
  5. He also said it was
  6. We need to understand why these
  7. female and male doctors work equally
  8. get the
  1. patients would die
  2. wrong
  3. differences exist
  4. care
  5. same pay
  6. why
  7. as female doctors
  8. well

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A (1) ___________________ female doctors are better than male doctors, but (2) ___________________. Researchers looked at three million (3) ___________________. The percentages of readmissions (people who (4) ________________ hospital a second time) and mortality (deaths) were lower if the doctor was female. Mortality rates were 15.02 per cent and readmission (5) ___________________ per cent for female doctors. They were 15.57 per cent and 11.49 per cent (6) ___________________.

Researchers did not say why women (7) ___________________. Dr. Ashish Jha said "approximately 32,000 (8) _______________ would die" in the USA each year if male doctors (9) ___________________ female doctors. He also said it was wrong that male doctors (10) ___________________ than female doctors, because women were better at their jobs. Dr Jha said: "We need to understand why these (11) ___________________," so female and male doctors work equally well and (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Astudyshowsthatfemaledoctorsarebetterthanmaledoctors,butgetle
sspay.Researcherslookedatthreemillionmedicalrecords.Thepercent
agesofreadmissions(peoplewhohadtostayinhospitalasecondtime)a
ndmortality(deaths)werelowerifthedoctorwasfemale.Mortalityrates
were15.02percentandreadmissionrateswere11.07percentforfemal
edoctors.Theywere15.57percentand11.49percentformaledoctors.R
esearchersdidnotsaywhywomengavebettercare.Dr.AshishJhasaid"
approximately32,000fewerpatientswoulddie"intheUSAeachyearifm
aledoctorsdidaswellasfemaledoctors.Healsosaiditwaswrongthatmal
edoctorsgotpaidmorethanfemaledoctors,becausewomenwerebette
rattheirjobs.DrJhasaid:"Weneedtounderstandwhythesedifferences
exist,"sofemaleandmaledoctorsworkequallywellandgetthesamepay.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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