Medical students stand up to sexual harassment
Sexual harassment in the medical profession is common, under-reported, and inconsistently dealt with by medical schools
- By: David Brill
When Louise agreed to a night out with her general practitioner supervisor, she could not have foreseen how it would end up. Being molested in the back of a London taxi by a married father of two was not something medical school had prepared her for.
Louise recalls having to “literally fight him off” to stop him forcing his way into her home. She managed to do so, and mustered the courage to report the incident to her medical school. Three years on, Louise spoke to Student BMJ under a pseudonym to help shed light on the topic.
The BMA Medical Students Committee is urging the profession to take sexual harassment more seriously. A motion passed at its annual conference in April 2016 called on medical schools to raise awareness of sexual harassment within the NHS and provide formal training for students on how to deal with it. With research