Med School Misconduct

The intensity, duration and high stakes of medical training compounds the risk of sexual misconduct.

Supervisors have massive sway over med students’ careers, and fear of retribution means many victims don’t file sexual harassment complaints.

“Women have been frozen out by professors and supervisors, blocked from moving to a different rotation—or given bad recommendations for prospective employers,” says Janis Orlowski of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Policies encouraging students to report harassment are now part of schools’ accreditation process, and #MeTooMedicine has exposed horror stories—but as recent cases attest, taking legal action against a university remains a high-risk endeavor.


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