Analysis Ethical Debate

Students whose behaviour causes concern: Am I my brother’s keeper?

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 29 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2875
  1. Moses Galukande, lecturer
  1. 1Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
  1. mosesg{at}

    What should you do when you see a fellow student behaving inappropriately? After a group of students wrote to the BMJ about their experience during an elective (doi:10.1136/bmj.a2874), we sought the opinions of an ethicist (doi:10.1136/bmj.a2882), a dean (doi:10.1136/bmj.a2884), a GMC representative (doi:10.1136/bmj.a2876), and a lecturer from an African university

    It is increasingly important for future healthcare professionals to understand and experience health in a global context.1 2 Many medical schools and colleges in the developed nations have an international elective as part of their training. Increasing numbers of students opt to spend this time in resource limited countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and South America.

    Students’ experiences from such electives are mostly positive3 4: hands on experience is usually unprecedented; the …

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