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Acad Psychiatry. 2016 Jun;40(3):530-3. doi: 10.1007/s40596-015-0405-y. Epub 2015 Aug 29.

Whistle-blowing in Medical School: A National Survey on Peer Accountability and Professional Misconduct in Medical Students.

Author information

1
Brown University, Providence, RI, USA. laura_hodges@brown.edu.
2
University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX, USA.
3
Duke University, Durham, NC, USA.
4
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study examines medical students' attitudes towards peer accountability.

METHODS:

A nationally representative sample of 564 third year medical students was surveyed. Students reported their agreement or disagreement with two statements: "I feel professionally obligated to report peers whose personal behaviors compromise their professional responsibilities" and "I feel professionally obligated to report peers who I believe are seriously unfit to practice medicine."

RESULTS:

The majority of students (81.6 %) either agreed strongly or agreed somewhat that they feel obligated to report peers whose personal behaviors compromise their professional responsibilities. The majority (84.1 %) also agreed that they feel professionally obligated to report peers who they believe are seriously unfit to practice medicine.

CONCLUSION:

In contrast with previous studies, this national study found that a significant majority of students reported that they feel obligated to report unfit peers.

KEYWORDS:

Medical students; National Survey; Peer accountability; Professionalism; Whistle-blowing

PMID:
26319785
DOI:
10.1007/s40596-015-0405-y
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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