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FEM: Revista de la Fundación Educación Médica

On-line version ISSN 2014-9840Print version ISSN 2014-9832


CENTENO, Núria B et al. The effect of gender on the academic performance of students of biosanitary biology at Pompeu Fabra University. FEM (Ed. impresa) [online]. 2019, vol.22, n.6, pp.269-272.  Epub Mar 09, 2020. ISSN 2014-9840.


Currently, Spanish universities promote policies of gender equality, including the Pompeu Fabra University. The educational authorities of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences of this university were interested in knowing if the academic result of their graduates was similar between men and women.


To achieve the above goal, a study was planned with all the people graduated from the Biology degree, the first degree that was implemented in the faculty and that had a bio sanitary orientation.

Subjects and methods:

The qualifications of all the graduates of the 10 undergraduate promotions in the final file and five subjects with different cognitive characteristics were recorded: anatomy, physiology, genetics, bioinformatics and bioethics.


The results in all the variables studied were similar between men and women, with no significant differences.


The results were positively valued since, as there was equality between genders, it was not considered that special measures were necessary to promote equality regarding academic performance.

Keywords : Academic achievement; Biological students; Gender differences; Health science students.

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