Wie häufig und belastend sind negative Erfahrungen im Medizinstudium?: Ergebnisse einer Online-Befragung von Medizinstudierenden

2012 | journal article; research paper. A publication of Göttingen

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​Wie häufig und belastend sind negative Erfahrungen im Medizinstudium?: ​Ergebnisse einer Online-Befragung von Medizinstudierenden​
Gágyor, I.; Hilbert, N.; Chenot, J.-F.; Marx, G.; Ortner, T.; Simmenroth-Nayda, A.   & Scherer, M. et al.​ (2012) 
GMS Zeitschrift für medizinische Ausbildung29(4) art. Doc55​.​ DOI: https://doi.org/10.3205/zma000825 

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Frequency and perceived severity of negative experiences during medical education in Germany--results of an online-survery of medical students
Gágyor, Ildikó; Hilbert, Nadine; Chenot, Jean-François; Marx, Gabriella; Ortner, Tuulia; Simmenroth-Nayda, Anne ; Scherer, Martin; Wedeken, Sven; Himmel, Wolfgang 
AIMS: Negative experiences during the course of medical education have been reported in many countries, but little is known about the perceived severity of these experiences. We studied for the first time how often students at a medical university in Germany have had negative experiences, and how severe they perceive these to be. METHOD: We asked medical students in an online survey whether they felt adequately appreciated, had experienced peer rivalry, verbal abuse by their mentors, physical abuse or mistreatment, sexual harassment, racial or ethnic discrimination, or any other kind of mistreatment. RESULTS: Of 391 students, 56% stated that they felt insufficiently appreciated, 51% had experienced rivalry, and 34% had suffered verbal abuse. Fifty-nine percent of the students felt highly aggrieved because of verbal abuse, while 46% were aggrieved by the ongoing rivalry and 32% by the lack of appreciation. Significantly fewer students felt upset because they were passed over or ignored (21%). Generally, female students felt more often aggrieved by these negative experiences than their male colleagues. CONCLUSION: Of the possible negative experiences, the less prominent ones such as lack of appreciation or verbal abuse are not only frequent, they are also perceived as very upsetting. Medical teachers should reflect this more in their day-to-day dealings with students and aim to improve on their contact with the students accordingly.
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