Charlotte Wien, Kirsten Neckelmann, Lars Henrik Frich & Kirsten Ohm Kyvik
Ugeskr Læger 2020;182:V71112
INTRODUCTION: The field of medical studies is rich in stereotypical conceptions of the practitioners of the various medical specialisations.
METHOD: By means of a Kahoot of 25 questions about practitioners of nine different medical specialisations, we were trying to see, if a group of people from the medical field (n = 20) and a control group of librarians (n = 22) would answer the questions correctly. The questions were jokes about various medical specialisations, and people were supposed to guess, which kind of medical doctor they described.
RESULTS: Those with a background in medical studies were faster and more precise than the librarians. Some of the stereotypes described by the jokes, were known to both groups, others were not. The most familiar stereotypes were those describing anaesthesiologists as sleepy and psychiatrists as crazy. It appeared, that many of the medical speciality stereotypes took their point of departure in the idea, that doctors resemble their patients.
CONCLUSION: The survey has limited data, and therefore the conclusion is not very wide-reaching. Some stereotypes were familiar to both groups, others were not. The data indicate that in some cases, contradictory stereotypes exist about individual specialisations.