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Dealing with “rogue” medical students: we need a nationally consistent approach based on “case law”

Sarah J Abrahamson
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (8): 461-462.

To the Editor: Parker and Wilkinson raised the issue of medical students who behave inappropriately.1 It is likely that the major way medical students cause distress to others is through deliberate, inappropriate behaviour, representing a deficiency in empathy, rather than through laziness or other mental or social problems.

Sarah J Abrahamson, Rehabilitation Physician
Ballarat Health Services, Queen Elizabeth Centre, Ballarat, VIC.
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Parker MH, Wilkinson D. Dealing with “rogue” medical students: we need a nationally consistent approach based on “case law”. Med J Aust 2008; 189: 626-628.
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Baron-Cohen S. What is empathizing? In: The essential difference. New York: Basic Books, 2003: 21-28.
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Douglas C. Dr A will see you now. BMJ 2005; 331: 1211.
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Oakley B. Evil genes. New York: Prometheus Books, 2008.
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