“It’s a culture that values performance and punishes poor performance with personal humiliation.”
— Chris Thompson, a fourth-year University of Minnesota medical student on the culture of harassment of students at the U’s medical school.
In a recent survey, 14.5% of students there reported they’d been mistreated — a figure that’s actually below the national rate of 17 percent.
The school with the most “abnormal” results?
Duluth, where five students — or 12 percent of the medical school’s first-year class — reported feeling mistreated.
Note: The Daily has pulled the story for editing, citing questions about the accuracy of some of the data reported. Managing Editor Robert Downs said he hoped to have the fixed version up by around 2 p.m. (my calculation). From my conversation, however, it doesn’t appear that the questions change the main points in the story.
About the blogger
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.