10/17/2012 02:15 pm ET Updated Oct 17, 2012

Medical School Secrets: 10 Things They Won't Tell You

How a spoonful of bullying, plus a heaping pile of debt, helps turn students into doctors.

1. “Bullying, teaching. Same difference.”
By the time most medical school students are assisting in hospitals — shadowing the doctors they aspire to someday become — many are well-accustomed to being pushed around, yelled at, or called derogatory names.Such incidents aren’t new, but with the med student population only growing (admissions are up 17% since 2002, with schools working to address a projected shortage of 90,000 doctors by 2020), cracking down on the problem has becoming a matter of increasing urgency. Especially in cases of more severe abuse: A survey conducted this year by the Association of American Medical Colleges, or AAMC, 33% of students said they were publicly humiliated at least once during medical school, 15% said they were the object of sexist remarks and 9% said they were required to run errands for doctors.

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