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The Sexual Harassment of Residents by Professors in University Hospitals

  • Korean Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Abbr : 의료윤리
  • 2018, 21(1), pp.32-53
  • DOI : 10.35301/ksme.2018.21.1.32
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Medical Ethics
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > General Medicine
  • Received : February 5, 2018
  • Accepted : March 14, 2018
  • Published : March 31, 2018

Park Chang-Bum 1

1경희대학교

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ABSTRACT

The sexual harassment of residents by professors in university hospitals has recently received significant public attention. Causal factors contributing to this form of sexual harassment include the hierarchical and authoritarian working culture in university hospitals, the tradition of semi-coercive social gatherings, the sense of tribalism among professors, and the structure of resident training programs. This article makes several policy proposals for eliminating or reducing instances of sexual harassment of residents by university professors, including the implementation of practical education programs for professors and strong punishment for offenders, such as salary reductions, short-term suspensions, and even dismissal. The culture of drinking in semi-coercive social gatherings must also be eradicated, and residents must be able to move easily to other training hospitals to protect themselves from sexual harassment. However, in order for such changes to take place, government action in the form of new legislation is required.

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