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February 19, 2009

Do UK medical Schools have a problem with Racism?

The Telegraph are today reporting on the story that Virginia Jibowu,  a medical student from Kings College London was subject to racist bullying. They have reported the following on their website.


Virginia Jibowu claims she was ostracised by students in an "institutionally racist" environment at London's King's College medical school.

The 25-year-old alleges that fellow students refused to shop, eat or share a shower-room with her in their accommodation.

The issue looks set to run into the courts. I hope to poll medical students on their thoughts on the issue at my sister site Medical Educator.





Research dilemma: which medical student should/could miss out?

We're planning some educational research to look at patient feedback for mock medical student final exams. Assuming we are randomising patients into 2 groups and they have a set time for discussion (e.g. 10 minutes) we have an ethical dilemma.

Should we allow the student who get specific patient feedback (3minutes) more time in total (i.e. a discussion time of 13 minutes?)

Or should we allow both groups 10 minutes and include the patient feedback as part of that 10 minute session.

And is it fair to the medical students? We'll be presenting it tomorrow...



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