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Medical students reluctant to report possible medical errors

Residency Program Insider, October 21, 2016

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A study recently published in the American Journal of Medical Quality found that medical students are hesitant to speak up when they see possible adverse events. The study’s authors surveyed physician trainees at Wright State University's Boonshoft School of Medicine, in Dayton, Ohio, and found that 90% said they had observed adverse events and 29% had perceived avoidable adverse events on a monthly basis. Despite this, only half of the medical students surveyed said they were comfortable reporting these incidents to their superiors. Only 20% of respondents said they saw changes in response to concerns they had voiced.

Source: HealthLeaders Media



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