'Hidden' Curriculum of Humiliation in Medical School
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A 'hidden' curriculum of haphazard tuition and teaching by humiliation exists in undergraduate medical education, finds a study.



BMJ 2 October 2004 edition

The hidden curriculum in undergraduate medical education: qualitative study of medical students' perceptions of teaching BMJ Volume 329, pp 770-3

A 'hidden' curriculum of haphazard tuition and teaching by humiliation exists in undergraduate medical education, finds a study in this week's BMJ.

Researchers interviewed 36 students at one UK medical school about their experiences and perceptions of the quality of teaching received during their undergraduate training.

Students reported many examples of positive role models and effective, approachable teachers. However, students also described a hierarchical and competitive atmosphere in which haphazard tuition and teaching by humiliation continue to occur.

Twenty-five students described the haphazard nature of teaching, particularly by clinical staff, who often disregarded the formal timetable. Final year students were especially critical of what they perceived as a lack of commitment and poor teaching skills in some staff members.

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