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Internal medicine residents say they are bullied

Residency Program Insider, August 22, 2019

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Despite efforts to curb bullying and other disruptive behaviors during residency, a survey of more than 21,000 internal medicine residents found that nearly 14% of them had experienced repeated harassment by an authority figure, according to a research letter published in JAMA.

These findings come from a supplementary survey attached to the 2016 Internal Medicine In-Training Examination. Of the residents who were bullied, the majority said it came in the form of verbal abuse (80%), while one-quarter reported “other” harassment. A smaller percentage of respondents reported physical (5.3%) and sexual harassment (3.6%). Nearly one-third of bullied residents sought out help to deal with it.

The most common consequence of bullying was feeling burned out (57%). Thirty-nine percent said the bullying worsened their performance and 27% felt depressed. 

Source: JAMA
 



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