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Moral harassment and resilience on the medical formation: a study with first year students

Grant number: 19/13088-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2019
Effective date (End): November 30, 2020
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine - Psychiatry
Principal researcher:Thiago Marques Fidalgo
Grantee:Marcelo Gonçalves de Lima
Home Institution: Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP). Campus São Paulo. São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The moral harassment - a global problem rooted in medical culture - has a negative impact on medical formation. Resilience, however, is a protective competence against adverse situations, including harassment. Although they are relevant topics in international scientific literature, there are few studies in Brazil about moral harassment and resilience in medical formation. The objective of this study is to obtain data about these important topics that are part of the health and ethical-professional formation of medical students. A data collection was carried out with students who enrolled in the first year of the Escola Paulista de Medicina - Universidade Federal de São Paulo (EPM/Unifesp) in March 2019 (T0-2019). These same graduates will be invited to respond to a follow-up questionnaire in the seventh month of graduation (T1) and the first stage will be repeated in the enrollment of students entering 2020 (T0-2020). Thus, indicators of mental health (depression/anxiety) and student resilience will be evaluated, evaluating the possible association between these factors and the prevalence/incidence of moral harassment. We expect this study to know the prevalence of moral harassment found in previous moments of student life and the incidence of moral harassment during the first year of medical school. With this, it is expected to obtain subsidies for the development of preventive and intervention strategies. (AU)

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