Experiences of mistreatment during medical school: does specialty choice matter?
MeSH SubjectsMedical Education
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
DescriptionA Thesis submitted to The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Medicine.
AbstractIntroduction: Medical student mistreatment remains an issue, with recent data indicating that there has been no change in prevalence of self-reported experiences of mistreatment by medical trainees. Prior studies indicate that mistreatment occurred at higher rates during OB/GYN and surgical clerkships and that individuals in surgical specialties reported lower rates of mistreatment during the surgical clerkship. Methods: Our study surveyed attending and resident physicians on experiences of mistreatment as a medical student. We were interested in determining whether there were differences in severity of mistreatment or type of mistreatment in surgical vs. non-surgical resident and attending physicians. Results: Our results showed no significant difference in number of events reported or severity of mistreatment events. There was a significant difference between number of mistreatment events in the “other” specialty residents compared to both surgical and non-surgical residents. Conclusion: This study did not show significant differences between experiences of mistreatment as medical students in surgical and non-surgical attendings and residents as other studies have indicated.