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December 7, 1984

Medical Student Abuse

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Durango, Colo

JAMA. 1984;252(21):2958. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350210014009

To the Editor.—  In reference to the recent article by Rosenberg and Silver,1 isn't it remarkable that so few of the surveyed medical school deans thought that medical student abuse occurred at their respective institutions? One wonders if they remember their own medical education. I have never met a physician that has not at least witnessed abuse of medical students. How many of us have not seen the shy third-year clerk bullied, berated, and at times humiliated simply for the inability to deliver a polished case presentation or because he or she displayed less than encyclopedic knowledge when grilled by the department chairman on rounds?Because of an extended stint in the military, I did not start college until I was 28 years old. I will always remember my undergraduate years as one of the most enlightening and enjoyable periods of my life. Although I graduated from medical school