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What is an appropriate social scenario for staff and students at an Australian Rural Clinical School? A survey of 4th and 5th year medical student’s resident in rural Tasmania

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Beddows, E, Laughlin, H, Easthaugh, A, Liew, D, Robitschko, K and Buist, M 2017 , 'What is an appropriate social scenario for staff and students at an Australian Rural Clinical School? A survey of 4th and 5th year medical student’s resident in rural Tasmania' , Journal of Contemporary Medical Education, vol. 5, no. 1 , pp. 6-9 , doi: 10.5455/jcme.20170123025249.

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Abstract

Introduction: The degree of comfort that medical students have in different social settings with staff and facultyhas not been documented. Methods: We undertook in 2012 a survey of 53, 4th and 5th year medical studentsat the University of Tasmanian Rural Clinical School to determine the incidence of previous inappropriate socialinvitations/interactions and perceptions of comfort to five different hypothetical social scenarios of differentappropriateness. Results: Two students had received what they considered to be an inappropriate invitation.Most students were comfortable with communal public social situations. However, in an overt “date” scenarioeight students were either completely at ease with or comfortable. 18 students although uncomfortable withthis scenario would still attend and only 14 students would decline the invitation. Conclusion: There needs tobe increased awareness that certain social interactions between health professionals when there is significantdifference in hierarchy may not always be appropriate.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Beddows, E and Laughlin, H and Easthaugh, A and Liew, D and Robitschko, K and Buist, M
Keywords: Staff student social interactions
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Contemporary Medical Education
Publisher: Journal of Contemporary Medical Education
ISSN: 2146-8354
DOI / ID Number: 10.5455/jcme.20170123025249
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