Non-traditional medical students feel in the way
- By: Karen Hebert
“Non-traditional” medical students feel marginalised and “in the way,” says a study looking at the climate of medical education in this month's Medical Education (2004;38:659-69).
Mary Seabrook, a freelance education consultant, did a five year longitudinal study between1995-2000 at Guys, Kings, and St Thomas's Medical School, London. “It interested me because coming from a school teaching background I was interested in the differences between that teaching and learning culture and what I found in the medical school.”
One recurring theme involved respect for individuality. “Students felt that there was a certain mould they were expected to fit into, and a certain image which they were expected to project,” Seabrook said. “I was interested in exploring whether students felt that their experiences had been affected by their gender, ethnicity, or maturity.”
Students described subtle examples of ethnic discrimination. The questions “Where are you from?” and “No, but where are your parents