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The ‘cruel irony’ of doctors who bully

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Bullying and its “pernicious, even tragic, repercussions” are well known among school-age children, but it’s also “far more common than we acknowledge” in the medical field, leading to problems such as burnout and depression, Mikkael Sekeres, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s leukemia program, writes for the New York Times.

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When the Bully Is a Doctor


Years ago, when I was a medical student trying my hand at a variety of specialties, I spent two months on the surgery service. The days were rigorous, starting before 5 a.m., when I was expected at the hospital to round on patients who had recently undergone surgery. I then scrubbed in to the first operating room case of the day, at 7 a.m. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, we wouldn’t emerge from the O.R. for hours, biologic needs such as going to the bathroom or eating be damned. Another case, more rounding, and I typically surfaced from the hospital at dusk, completely exhausted.

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Physician bullying, as described by one Cleveland Clinic oncologist

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A few years ago my GP suggested I see a rheumatologist because I had some arthritis. I followed his advice.


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