Table 1

Characteristics of US medical students experiencing harassment from other students, residents, faculty members, or patients. Values are numbers (percentages) experiencing harassment unless stated otherwise

StudentsResidentsPreclinical professorsClinical professorsPatients
CharacteristicNo (%)P valueNo (%)P valueNo (%)P valueNo (%)P valueNo (%)P value
Total158/1389 (11)374/1387 (27)131/1386 (9)285/1386 (21)352/1387 (25)
Women64/650 (10)169/648 (26)47/648 (7)132/648 (20)179/647 (28)
Men93/737 (13)0.2204/737 (28)0.683/736 (11)0.04152/736 (21)0.9172/738 (23)0.1
Ethnicity:
Asian31/259 (12)66/259 (25)17/259 (7)43/259 (17)75/259 (29)
Black12/114 (11)29/113 (26)9/114 (8)18/113 (16)22/113 (19)
Hispanic4/58 (7)17/58 (29)3/58 (5)9/58 (16)12/58 (21)
Native American or other7/72 (10)25/72 (35)10/72 (14)20/72 (28)21/73 (29)
White103/882 (12)0.6236/881 (27)0.791/879 (10)0.01194/880 (22)0.04221/880 (25)0.4
Specialty:
Anaesthesiology, pathology, or radiology15/187 (8)50/187 (27)13/187 (7)29/186 (16)50/187 (27)
Emergency medicine14/114 (12)34/114 (30)16/114 (14)24/114 (22)37/113 (33)
Family medicine12/112 (11)36/111 (32)11/112 (10)33/111 (30)32/112 (29)
General internal medicine13/104 (13)29/104 (28)16/103 (16)26/104 (25)25/104 (24)
Medicine subspecialty12/138 (9)34/138 (25)10/138 (7)22/138 (16)36/138 (26)
Obstetrics and gynaecology12/91 (13)22/91 (24)8/91 (9)15/91 (16)22/91 (24)
Paediatrics6/102 (6)22/102 (22)6/102 (6)20/102 (20)21/102 (21)
Psychiatry6/56 (11)21/56 (38)2/56 (4)12/56 (21)12/56 (21)
Surgery24/166 (14)46/165 (28)17/164 (10)40/165 (24)36/165 (22)
Paediatric subspecialty8/57 (14)12/57 (21)5/57 (9)9/57 (16)13/57 (23)
Preventive medicine public health urology, undecided, other34/234 (15)0.00162/234 (27)0.00125/234 (11)0.151/234 (22)0.0260/234 (26)0.2
Alcohol consumption:
Frequent binger or heavy drinker42/214 (20)213 (33)37/213 (17)53/212 (25)72/214 (34)
Infrequent binger33/278 (12)67/278 (24)22/277 (8)55/278 (20)69/277 (25)
Moderate drinker15/179 (8)55/179 (31)16/179 (9)49/179 (27)57/179 (32)
Light drinker42/410 (10)108/410 (26)35/409 (9)76/410 (19)93/410 (23)
Non-drinker25/285 (9)0.0268/284 (24)0.00519/285 (7)0.0348/284 (17)0.00657/284 (20)0.02
Stress in past 12 months:
Almost none6/29 (21)8/29 (28)6/29 (21)6/29 (21)8/29 (28)
Relatively little11/169 (7)30/169 (18)11/169 (7)22/169 (13)37/170 (22)
Moderate70/731 (10)178/730 (24)62/729 (9)129/729 (18)172/730 (24)
A lot71/450 (16)0.04154/449 (34)0.00252/449 (12)0.01126/449 (28)0.001135/448 (30)0.02
History of clinical depression:
Reported16/144 (11)37/143 (26)10/143 (7)26/143 (18)39/143 (27)
Not reported139/1228 (11)0.9331/1227 (27)0.8119/1226 (10)0.3256/1226 (21)0.5310/1227 (25)0.5
Ever had thoughts of suicide:
Yes26/127 (21)47/126 (37)20/126 (16)41/126 (33)46/126 (37)
No131/1250 (11)0.03321/1249 (26)0.03110/1248 (9)0.03243/1248 (19)0.01304/1249 (24)0.008
Felt blue in past four weeks:
None of the time23/378 (6)77/377 (20)23/377 (6)58/377 (15)62/378 (16)
A little of the time70/625 (11)167/625 (27)53/624 (8)130/624 (21)164/625 (26)
Some of the time35/246 (14)78/245 (32)27/245 (11)56/245 (23)85/244 (35)
A good bit of the time16/92 (17)31/92 (34)14/92 (15)24/92 (26)23/92 (25)
Most of the time5/24 (21)10/24 (42)6/24 (25)8/24 (33)9/24 (38)
All of the time8/10 (80)0.027/10 (70)0.17/10 (70)0.27/10 (70)0.37/10 (70)0.006
I'm glad I chose to become a physician:
Strongly agree58/657 (9)155/656 (24)40/655 (6)99/655 (15)146/656 (22)
Agree51/523 (10)131/522 (25)50/522 (10)116/522 (22)130/521 (25)
Neutral31/147 (21)55/147 (37)23/147 (16)41/147 (28)49/147 (33)
Disagree10/39 (26)20/39 (51)9/39 (23)18/39 (46)13/39 (33)
Strongly disagree5/12 (42)0.078/12 (67)0.0076/12 (50)0.0037/12 (58)0.0018/12 (67)0.008
Our faculty care about the students:
Strongly agree22/272 (8)53/271 (20)13/272 (5)34/271 (13)70/271 (26)
Agree68/728 (9)182/727 (25)53/725 (7)133/726 (18)167/727 (23)
Neutral37/265 (14)81/265 (31)33/265 (12)63/265 (24)68/264 (26)
Disagree16/80 (20)35/80 (44)17/80 (21)33/80 (41)29/80 (36)
Strongly disagree12/31 (39)0.0519/31 (61)0.00913/31 (42)0.00319/31 (610.00114/31 (45)0.2
  • P values derived from χ2 test.