Lectures on Inhumanity: Teaching Medical Ethics in German Medical Schools Under Nazism

Ann Intern Med. 2017;166(8):591-595.
Authors: Florian Bruns; Tessa Chelouche
“Nazi medicine and its atrocities have been explored in depth over the past few decades, but scholars have started to examine medical ethics under Nazism only in recent years. Given the medical crimes and immoral conduct of physicians during the Third Reich, it is often assumed that Nazi medical authorities spurned ethics. However, in 1939, Germany introduced mandatory lectures on ethics as part of the medical curriculum.”
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Betraying the oath: the rot in India’s medical education system

The Hindu, 25 February 2017
Author: Vidya Krishnan
“The Medical Council of India recently barred 32 colleges across the country. Vidya Krishnan reconstructs how one of those, a Bhopal institute, marshalled doctors on hire, fake patients and life-saving equipment on rent for inspection day.”
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Navigating Ethical Tensions in High-Value Care Education

JAMA. 2016; 316(21): 2189-2190.
Authors: Matthew DeCamp, Kevin R. Riggs
“Enthusiasm for high-value care is increasing throughout health care, including in the education of medical students, residents, and fellows. Until recently, there were few examples of educational programs that equipped future physicians with the tools required to practice high-value care or even consider the cost of care they deliver. In fact, future physicians were encouraged to provide care that could be considered as quite the opposite—academia often instilled excess over restraint, celebrating trainees who generated (and tested for) the broadest differential diagnosis. Because physicians who train in high-spending regions subsequently provide more costly care than those who train in low-spending ones, medical school and residency are critical times to teach high-value care.”
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Anonymous reporting vital to student mental health

MJA Insight, 5 December 2016
Author: Anonymous
“A Senate inquiry into hospital educational cultures occurred in November 2016. Being a medical student, I followed its coverage with interest. The inquiry heard evidence presented by the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) of widespread hostile teaching practices within hospitals, and of individual cases of students being bullied or overtly harassed by their medical supervisors.”
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Medical Interns Could Work Longer Without A Break Under New Rule

NPR, 4 November 2016
Author: Rob Stein
“The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education proposed the change based on research that found that the relaxed rule wouldn’t increase risks for patients, officials say. In fact, the ACGME says, the longer work hours could make patient care safer and would also improve medical training by giving young doctors more realistic experience.”
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‘Ingrained culture’ of harassment and bullying of medical students, inquiry told

SMH, 1 November 2016
Author: Kelsey Munro
Medical students victimised and belittled by senior colleagues or professors are silenced from reporting the harassment or bullying for fear they will be “marked for life” and find their career progress blocked as a result, a Senate inquiry has heard.
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DIY doctors: New Zealand medical students ‘operating on themselves at home’

The Guardian, 28 October 2016
Author: Eleanor Ainge Roy
“A number of medical students at New Zealand’s oldest university are practising invasive medical procedures on their own bodies, and the bodies of their fellow students. A study published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal found 5% of medical students surveyed by researchers at Otago University medical school in Dunedin are practising in what is believed to give the aspiring medics stress-free conditions in which to hone their skills.”
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Medical school can be brutal, and it’s making many of us suicidal

SMH, 10 October 2016
Author: Nathaniel Morris
“We don’t have much data on how many medical students take their own lives each year. Few studies have addressed the issue, with varying results. But suicide is a major issue for medical schools. In surveys roughly 10 per cent of medical students have reported having thoughts of killing themselves within the past year.”
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Psychiatrist admits making sexual advances to medical students he tutored

BMJ 2016;354:i5009
Author: Clare Dyer
“A consultant psychiatrist who admitted abusing his position as a tutor to make inappropriate and sexually motivated advances to three medical students at the University of Liverpool has had conditions imposed on his practice for nine months by a medical practitioners’ tribunal.”
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