Cynicism Among Medical Students
JAMA. 1983 Oct 21; 250(15): 2006-2010.
Psychological literature and reports from medical students indicate that they are more cynical than students of other professions. Coming to medicine with ideals that are verbally reinforced by their instructors, students are disillusioned by the objective and impersonal nature of medical education, and by experiences during clinical training that contradict what they have been told about respecting patients' dignity, privacy, and confidentiality. Frequent attitude testing also plays a part in the disillusionment, since studies are often poorly designed and informed consent requirements are ignored. Kopelman suggests that studies involving medical students could be used to teach proper research methods and to reinforce professed medical standards. (KIE abstract)
Attitudes; Behavioral Research; Confidentiality; Consent; Education; Ethics; Informed Consent; Literature; Medical Education; Medical Ethics; Medical Students; Medicine; Methods; Nature; Patients; Privacy; Psychology; Research; Research Design; Research Subjects; Sociology; Sociology of Medicine; Standards; Students; Survey; Teaching Methods; Values;
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Kopelman, Arthur E.; Parker, Joseph Clinton; Ho, George, Jr.; Willson, Charles F.; Kopelman, Loretta M. (2005-09)