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Student and resident mistreatment subject of AMA-SMS I-12 meeting
At the Interim 2012 meeting of the AMA Section on Medical Schools, the topic of medical student mistreatment was expanded to examine the connections to graduate medical education (see a summary of the education sessions as well as a meeting summary.
Four presenters provided their own viewpoints on the subject, including Maya Babu, MD, a neurological surgery resident at Mayo Clinic.
"In residency education, abuse is in the eye of the beholder, and there are often shades of gray versus black and white," Dr. Babu said. "Also, there are different dynamics for different fields." Resident learning requires some level of stress and challenge to prepare trainees for the unsupervised practice of medicine.
"Being 'put on the spot' by an attending can be seen as threatening or as a learning experience. Handling that stress is good when you're still in a learning situation vs. a practice situation, said Dr. Babu. "The question is, when do you respond, and when do you let it go?"
Attendees also heard an introduction to the University of Hawaii at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine, and a session about the AMA's work to accelerate change in medical education, one of its three strategic focus areas.
To learn more about the AMA Section on Medical Schools, check out a new YouTube video featuring AMA-SMS chair Maria Savoia, MD, highlighting the section's role in serving as the voice of academic medicine to the AMA House of Delegates. The video summarizes Dr. Savoia's presentation to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) at its meeting in Nov. 2012.