Lifestyles of medical students in Jerusalem are “shocking”
- By: Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
The faculty of the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem was caught with their stethoscopes down after a survey showed that most new graduates don't practise what they're supposed to preach. Their smoking prevalence (25%) is only slightly less that that of the general population (28%), and most new graduates take little or no physical exercise.
Most said that during their six years of medical studies, none or only a few of their teachers had advised them to stop smoking or to exercise. Of the Jerusalem medical school graduates surveyed, 67% thought the school should intensify its teaching of these subjects.
A graduate of the medical school, Dr Tal Haimov, surveyed 83 of his 110 peers after being shocked by seeing so many of them smoke. He found that many were ignorant of the proved dangers of active and passive smoking and of the benefits of regular exercise. One