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June 11, 1982

Abuse of Medical Students

JAMA. 1982;247(22):3079. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320470027012

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To the Editor.—  I am writing in response to the article by Dr Silver. As a 1977 medical school graduate and as a survivor of internship, I think that I can, unequivocally, agree that medical student abuse does exist. From my experiences I believe that it is alive and well not only in medical school but also in internship.I believe, however, that not all medical students and interns are abused or at least not to equal extent. For a woman it is much more difficult to find a mentor or a "foster parent" within the training setting who will truly foster her feelings of competence and confidence as a physician, much less feelings of family membership instead of second-class citizenship. I am sure that women are not exclusive objects of medical student-intern abuse, but this is one group that is, in my experience, at risk.I struggled with the