Whistle-blowing in Medical School: A National Survey on Peer Accountability and Professional Misconduct in Medical Students.

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Journal Article

OBJECTIVE: This study examines medical students' attitudes towards peer accountability. METHODS: A nationally representative sample of 564 third year medical students was surveyed. Students reported their agreement or disagreement with two statements: "I feel professionally obligated to report peers whose personal behaviors compromise their professional responsibilities" and "I feel professionally obligated to report peers who I believe are seriously unfit to practice medicine." RESULTS: The majority of students (81.6 %) either agreed strongly or agreed somewhat that they feel obligated to report peers whose personal behaviors compromise their professional responsibilities. The majority (84.1 %) also agreed that they feel professionally obligated to report peers who they believe are seriously unfit to practice medicine. CONCLUSION: In contrast with previous studies, this national study found that a significant majority of students reported that they feel obligated to report unfit peers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hodges, LE; Tak, HJ; Curlin, FA; Yoon, JD

Published Date

  • June 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 530 - 533

PubMed ID

  • 26319785

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26319785

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1545-7230

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s40596-015-0405-y

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States