On an all-male dormitory floor at the Yale School of Medicine, topless pictures of Demi Moore and Kate Moss hang on a bulletin board beneath a diagram of the chemical structure for testosterone.
Testosterone Alley, the unofficial name given the floor, is one of the few places left at the school where first-year male medical students hold sway.
For the first time in the school’s 182-year history, women outnumber men among the first-year students, making up 56 percent of the class that entered in 1994. And Yale is not alone.
Eighteen of the nation’s 126 medical schools reported a majority of women in their first-year class this academic year, including Harvard and Johns Hopkins, two other topranked institutions where it was also a first.
At both schools, women made up 53 percent of the first-year class.
Medical school officials are hardpressed to explain the shift.
With so many different factors - test scores, recommendations and interviews - influencing admissions decisions, officials at Yale, Harvard and Hopkins said it is difficult to pinpoint what is behind the numbers.