If you joined us for the Bullying in the Workplace webinar last year, you will remember that there was limited research on bullying as it relates to residents. As bullying, in general, is being researched in all fields, we are fortunate to have a brand new article published by the Journal of Graduate Medical Education this month. Manasa S. Ayyala, conducted a national survey of internal medicine program directors to evaluate their perceptions of bullying in their programs. Approximately one-third of respondents were aware that bullying was happening in their program. Although there were some limitations to the study, this is a first step in bringing awareness of bullying to the field of graduate medical education. The on-line version of the article contains supplemental material with the survey questions used. Use these questions in your annual program evaluations to gauge bullying at your institution.
Ayyala, M.S., Chaudhry, S., Windish, D., Dupras, D., Reddy, S.T. & Wright, S. M. (2018). Awareness of bullying in residency: Results of a national survey of internal medicine program directors. Journal of Graduate Medical Education, 10(2), 209-213. doi: 10.4300/JGME-D-17-00386.1