Third-year medical students' participation in and perceptions of unprofessional behaviors

Acad Med. 2007 Oct;82(10 Suppl):S35-9. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3181405e1c.


Background: Students' perceptions of and participation in unprofessional behaviors may change during clinical clerkships.

Method: Third-year students anonymously reported observation, participation, and perceptions of 27 unprofessional behaviors before and five months after clerkships.

Results: Student observation (21 of 27) and participation (17 of 27) in unprofessional behaviors increased (P < .05). Students perceived unprofessional behaviors as increasingly appropriate (P < .05 for six behaviors). Participation in unprofessional behaviors was associated with diminished likelihood of perceiving a behavior as unprofessional (P < .05 for nine behaviors).

Conclusions: Student observation and participation in unprofessional behaviors increased during clerkships. Participation in unprofessional behaviors is associated with perceiving these behaviors as acceptable.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Behavior*
  • Clinical Clerkship / statistics & numerical data*
  • Ethics, Medical*
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations / ethics*
  • Perception*
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Students, Medical / psychology*