Medical schools should stamp out sexual harassment
- By: Manjulika Das
Medical schools should implement measures for combating sexual harassment in their training programmes, a report in Academic Medicine suggests (2004;79:817-24).
The report, by researchers at Brown Medical School in the United States, documented different experiences of gender based sexual harassment at medical school. Women may be asked discriminatory questions during medical school interviews and are the brunt of sexist jokes and unwelcome comments in lectures and ward rounds; seniors may make suggestions about students' clothes, use offensive body language, and flirt.
In 2003, a study by the Association of American Medical Colleges interviewed nearly 14 000 students, and found that 15% of graduating US medical students reported experiences of mistreatment during their medical school career. Nearly 3% of students reported experiences of discrimination in the form of poor evaluations and denied training opportunities that were based solely on sex rather than performance.
Patricia Ryan Recupero, the lead author of the