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Bullying in research: how does it manifest in medical students?
  1. Yassar Alamri
  1. Department of Medicine, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch 8020, New Zealand
  1. Correspondence to Dr Yassar Alamri, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch 8020, New Zealand; yassar.alamri{at}

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Despite its importance, research on bullying within the ‘academic medicine’ field has been scanty. Previous reports in this area have been limited in scope (ie, focusing on the authorship aspects1 2) and in number. Empirical data on other aspects of bullying during the research process (particularly as it pertains to such vulnerable groups as students and junior learners) remain lacking.

We have previously documented a possible effect of how the perception of bullying in academia among medical students undertaking research affects their future interest in research.3 Medical students who agreed with the statement ‘I believe bullying in research/academia is common’ indicated a lower likelihood of engaging in future research endeavours compared with students who disagreed with the statement.3 This trend was not detected in the two groups supervisors (agreeing vs disagreeing with the statement).

For the present study, we aimed to explore the number of medical students …

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  • Contributors YA is the sole author.

  • Funding The author received financial assistance (NZ$1500) from the Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch in the form of gift vouchers in order to reimburse participants in this study.

  • Disclaimer The department had no involvement in the study.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.