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Glossary of terms and guideline for gender and diversity in medicine


Guideline explaining terms such as gender, sex, diversity, gender studies, etc. in the field of medical work and activities.

Target groups

general staff/administrative staff / Prospective Students / scientific staff / artistic-scientific staff / University Students /

Implementing organization

Medical University of Vienna - Gender Mainstreaming Office /


Karoline Rumpfhuber; karoline.rumpfhuber@meduniwien.ac.at


Implemented at the Medical University of Vienna since 2014

Relation to gender equality targets

Anchored in the Development Plan of the Medical University of Vienna (p. 45-46): under point B6.1 “Societal objectives”: “… instilling in students competences in the area of gender medicine.” and “… in accordance with the stipulations of the EU Commission, … integration of gender dimensions in research projects is to be promoted.”

Furthermore in the qualification profile for graduates in the Medicine degree programme, point 1.1.1: the structures and mechanisms of the female and the male body in all its phases of development, in health and in illness from the molecular level to the overall organism; and point 4.6: Willingness to respond to gender-based, social and cultural differences, to actively counter a lack of information and to avoid stereotypical behaviour.

The objective(s) of the tool

The tool provides a glossary of terms in order to outline gender medicine and diversity in medicine. It also counteracts misconceptions and prejudices by answering questions frequently asked by employees, teaching staff and students.

Description of the tool

Collaboration between the gender professor, curriculum coordinators, academic employees and the Gender Mainstreaming Office resulted in the tool as a means of assisting interested persons. The guideline is also intended to promote better representation of gender medicine and diversity in medicine.


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