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'Colleague bashing' is unprofessional behaviour

David R Hall

Abstract


Professionalism is recognised as fundamental to medical practice, yet it is challenging to teach. What all students learn formally must be complemented by their latent experiences in clinical practice. Disrespectful language towards colleagues or patients is a major source of distress for medical students, and clinical teachers must promote professional behaviour.

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David R Hall, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital, Parow, Cape Town

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medicine; professional behaviour

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South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2013;19(2):28-30. DOI:10.7196/sajog.674

Article History

Date submitted: 2013-01-28
Date published: 2013-04-02

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