Female medical students underestimate their abilities and are less self-confident than their male counterparts, according to a new study published in the journal Patient Education and Counseling. Researchers observed and tested third-year medical students and found that though the female students performed equal to or better than male students, the women questioned their own competence and appeared less self-confident to patients. Men, on the other hand tended to overestimate their abilities and by the end of medical school had greater identification with the role of doctor than female students with the same experience. [Science Daily]