Whistle-blowing in medical school: A national survey on peer accountability and professional misconduct in medical students

Laura E. Hodges, Hyo Jung Tak, Farr A. Curlin, John D. Yoon

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)530-533
Number of pages4
JournalAcademic Psychiatry
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

Keywords

  • Medical students
  • National Survey
  • Peer accountability
  • Professionalism
  • Whistle-blowing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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