Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 530–533

Whistle-blowing in Medical School: A National Survey on Peer Accountability and Professional Misconduct in Medical Students

  • Laura E. Hodges
  • Hyo Jung Tak
  • Farr A. Curlin
  • John D. Yoon
In Brief Report

Abstract

Objective

This study examines medical students’ attitudes towards peer accountability.

Methods

A nationally representative sample of 564 third year medical students was surveyed. Students reported their agreement or disagreement with two statements: “I feel professionally obligated to report peers whose personal behaviors compromise their professional responsibilities” and “I feel professionally obligated to report peers who I believe are seriously unfit to practice medicine.”

Results

The majority of students (81.6 %) either agreed strongly or agreed somewhat that they feel obligated to report peers whose personal behaviors compromise their professional responsibilities. The majority (84.1 %) also agreed that they feel professionally obligated to report peers who they believe are seriously unfit to practice medicine.

Conclusion

In contrast with previous studies, this national study found that a significant majority of students reported that they feel obligated to report unfit peers.

Keywords

Medical students Professionalism Whistle-blowing Peer accountability National Survey 

Copyright information

© Academic Psychiatry 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura E. Hodges
    • 1
  • Hyo Jung Tak
    • 2
  • Farr A. Curlin
    • 3
  • John D. Yoon
    • 4
  1. 1.Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  2. 2.University of North Texas Health Science CenterFort WorthUSA
  3. 3.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA
  4. 4.The University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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