Friday, February 7, 2014

Bad Behavior

Ilana Yurkiewjcz, a Harvard third-year medical student, writes eloquently about something that has bothered me in medical education for years... Bullying.

She writes about a minority of staff and clinicians across all ranks of staff who are profoundly impactful and are outright bullies.

What is interested me most is her description of those subtle "micro aggressions", subtle putdowns, shaming interactions, sarcasm, passive-aggressive and frankly bad behavior.

There was something very relieving with reading her article. It read like a summary of my resume. Beyond her frank observations is the course reality to what may be wrong, at least in part, with the educational system of physicians and other healthcare clinicians today. Sometimes I'm so ashamed to be associated with this world.