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Editor's Note
Physician Work Environment and Well-Being
February 24, 2020

Addressing Mistreatment in Medical Education

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2NYC Health + Hospitals, New York, New York
  • 3Deputy Editor, JAMA Internal Medicine
JAMA Intern Med. 2020;180(5):665. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.0004

In this issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, Hill et al1 report rates of medical student mistreatment obtained from the 2016 and 2017 Association of American Medical Colleges Graduate Questionnaire. More than one-third of medical students reported experiencing at least 1 episode of mistreatment by faculty, peers, or clinical staff. Female trainees reported a higher prevalence of mistreatment, public humiliation, unwanted sexual advances, and gender-based discrimination than male students. Students from underrepresented minorities reported a higher prevalence of mistreatment and discrimination based on race/ethnicity than white students. Sexual orientation minorities reported higher prevalence of mistreatment and were more likely than heterosexual students to report having been publicly humiliated, subjected to unwanted physical advances, and discriminated against based on sexual orientation.

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