1 in 7 internal medicine residents experience bullying

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Nearly 14 percent of internal medicine residents reported experiencing bullying by someone in a senior position during their training program in 2016, according to a study published in JAMA.

The study is based on results of a survey included at the end of the Internal Medicine In-Training Examination, a self-assessment for residents administered by the American College of Physicians. Of the 21,212 survey responses used in the analysis, 13.6 percent reported experiencing bullying. The survey defined bullying as "harassment that occurs repeatedly (> once) by an individual in a position of greater power."

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The authors note that bullying may, in fact, be much more common than the study suggests because it does not account for "less consequential harassment" or harassment by peers.

Read the full study here.

 

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