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Acad Med. 2005 Oct;80(10 Suppl):S80-3.

Do attending physicians, nurses, residents, and medical students agree on what constitutes medical student abuse?

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Texas A & M University, 2401 South 31 Street, Temple, TX 76508, USA.



Whether attending physicians, residents, nurses, and medical students agree on what constitutes medical student abuse, its severity, or influencing factors is unknown.


We surveyed 237 internal medicine attending physicians, residents, medical students, and nurses at 13 medical schools after viewing five vignettes depicting potentially abusive behaviors.


The majority of each group felt the belittlement, ethnic insensitivity, and sexual harassment scenarios represented abuse but that excluding a student from participating in a procedure did not. Only a majority of attending physicians considered the negative feedback scenario as abuse. Medical students rated abuse severity significantly lower than other groups in the belittlement scenario (p<.05). Respondents who felt abused as students were more likely to rate behaviors as abusive (p<.05).


The groups generally agree on what constitutes abuse, but attending physicians and those abused as students may perceive more behaviors as abusive.

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