Christine Wiebe of Medscape has recorded an interesting video editorial on "pimping" or "hazing" of medical students (free subscription required):
"Pimping" students on hospital rounds is an age-old practice that forces them to be prepared and to think on their feet. At some point, however, the "tough love" approach to medical training crosses the line into abuse."
She quotes a medical student blog:
"It seems that the first thing they do to us on entering school is to strip us of our soul... Before you realize it, the sweet and caring person who once chose this course to care for human life, turns into a monster that couldn't care less for the human. . . "
As a disclaimer, I do teach medical students and residents at Cleveland Clinic but I have never done nor I am planning to do any "pimping," which can be broadly defined as making somebody uncomfortable by asking questions in a certain way. I generally try to ask stimulating questions in a friendly and non-judgmental atmosphere which I believe promotes better learning and work relationship.
Asking: Or Is It Pimping? Doc Gurley, 08/2008.
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