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BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7214.3 (Published 02 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:S3-7214
  • Up to one fifth of medical students may be influenced in their choice of career by derogatory comments made by senior doctors. According to a questionnaire study of fifth and sixth year students in the Australian Family Physician (1999;28:576) half of all students reported hearing a consultant “badmouth” rural general practitioners, and almost two thirds heard a GP fire criticism in the opposite direction. “This,” say the authors, rather mildly, “is an unattractive part of the learning milieau.” An accompanying commentary has some suggestions for tackling the problem: senior faculty must set a good example, and consider disseminating materials to promote positive views of specialties.

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