Dr. Amitha Kalaichandran, an alumna of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, published a piece in March in The Boston Globe titled “In America, Becoming a Doctor Can Prove Fatal.” The article explores challenges among medical students, for whom suicide is estimated to be the second leading cause of death after cancer. In the piece, Dr. Kalaichandran depicts a bullying culture in medical education that might be contributing to suicide.
Dr. Kalaichandran notes that patient care might also suffer. “Studies have shown,” she writes, “that if a resident is distracted by the additional cognitive load of bullying and mobbing, he or she is more likely to commit errors.” She notes that “there is very little research on bullying in medicine because, ironically, few medical programs are willing to participate in research studies.”
Dr. Kalaichandran received her MHS from the Bloomberg School’s department of international health in 2008. She holds an MD from the University of Toronto.Friday Letter Submission