Re: Medical students still suffer mistreatment by faculty, resident doctors, and nurses, US report says
21 October 2012
It is one of the most important aspect of medical students. The pscyhological harassment the students undergo during their early years of student days is immense and sometimes eats into their personalities. In Indian scenario the fresh batch students face the problem of ragging from the senior students. Now it has become a punishable
offense. As these students cross the preclinical years and enter into the clinical studies, they face the problem of adjusting themselves to the eccentricities of their few teaching staff members. They are ridiculed and laughed at the mistakes they do in their clinical or surgical training. The students donot come out openly discussing these psychological problems because of the fear of facing examination when these teachers will be the internal examiners. This is partly because of the knowledge base of the students as well as lack of proper communication between the teacher and student. In other words there has to be teacher-student orientation before the start of the academic session what the students are expected to do, what the teachers expect from them and what the students want from the teachers. The students must also be introduced to other auxiliary staff or hospital personnel to develop a team spirit and to make them understand that team work is very essence of patient care and medical education. This problem of teacher-student relationship is more in postgraduate education in the beginning of the course. The problem is acute because there is an admixture of students who gain admission by merit and payment of donation. In spite of all these hurdles many students come out in flying colors establishing a strong relationship with their teachers. Few succumb to these pressures, become addicted to alcohol or drug abuse. It is different scenario in the west where the residents are taken for a ride in clinical rotation or internship. Yet medical education is a challenging profession where one gets molded and comes out with a strong personality to become a physician. Science teaches knowledge and relationships develop the personality, for medicine is a science and art. It equips the student with the knowledge and polishes the personality to be a humane physician.
Competing interests: None declared
Faculty of Medicine, Benghazi University, Benghazi,Libya
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