Physician Bullying – Doctor on Doctor Harrassment

Posted by Dike Drummond MD

physician bullying physician stress doctor burnout 150x150Physician Bullying is a surprisingly large issue especially for medical students and recent residency graduates according to an article I just found on BMJ Careers’ website. This is a well written article with an 8 article bibliography summarizing research on Physician Bullying. They even document the following physician bullying types.

Types of physician bullying

  • Spreading malicious rumours or insulting someone (particularly on the grounds of age, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and religion or belief)
  • Copying memos that are critical of someone to others who do not need to know
  • Ridiculing or demeaning someone—picking on them or setting them up to fail
  • Exclusion or victimisation
  • Unfair treatment
  • Overbearing supervision or other misuse of power or position
  • Unwelcome sexual advances—touching, standing too close, display of offensive material, asking for sexual favours, making decisions on the basis of sexual advances being accepted or rejected
  • Making threats or comments about job security without foundation
  • Deliberately undermining a competent worker by overloading and constant criticism
  • Preventing individuals progressing by intentionally blocking promotion or training opportunities

Here’s a link to the full article and thank you to Lorna Powell, the article’s author for putting this issue on my radar.

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PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT:
Have you ever been bullied?
If so, what happened and is it any one of the physician bullying types mentioned above?

 

Tags: Physician burnout, physician stress, doctor burnout, physician bullying


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