Intended for healthcare professionals


Belittlement and harassment of medical students: Remedial training—ethics and sensitivity

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 12 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:809
  1. P A Geis (jorge1907{at}
  1. 11955 Millstone Court, Loveland, OH 45140, USA

    EDITOR—Roig recommends that medical students be instructed in ethical writing to avoid plagiarism.1 He believes that when we internalise and apply its basic principles, this will reduce plagiarism and generalise to other areas of scientific research and personal conduct.

    Frank et al speak of the teaching of ethics and call for more sensitivity (in the context of addressing bullying and harassment) and think that if the medical profession is serious about creating a satisfied workforce and about teaching students to behave ethically with colleagues and patients, teachers must behave in an ethically appropriate and sensitive way.2

    I understand the sentiment but wonder at the efficacy of teaching ethics (to those probably established in their ethical practices) and requesting sensitivity (of those perceived to be insensitive). Would it also be useful to focus more intensely on ethics, confidence, and collegiality in medical school admissions?


    • Competing interests None declared.


    1. 1.
    2. 2.
    View Abstract

    Log in

    Log in through your institution


    * For online subscription