The experiences of medical students and junior doctors with dyslexia: a survey study

Anderson, John L and Shaw, Sebastian C K (2020) The experiences of medical students and junior doctors with dyslexia: a survey study. International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies, 7 (1). a4 62-71. ISSN 2409-1294

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Abstract

Little research exists concerning dyslexia in medical education. A qualitative study highlighted issues such as bullying and a lack of support. This project aimed to quantify those findings. An online survey was sent to junior doctors in parts of the United Kingdom. Seventy-five participated. Most (53%) were diagnosed with dyslexia at university / medical school. Most reported that dyslexia impacted upon their self-image (59%) and self-esteem (73%). Nearly half (46%) felt it influenced their career pathway choices within medicine. Participants reported bullying at medical school-from peers (24%), from academic teachers (14%), and from clinical teachers (27%); and also at work-from peers (25%), from academic teachers (13%), and from clinical teachers (23%). 88% reported that foundation schools provided no support, 92% that NHS Trusts provided none, and 90% that their deaneries provided none. The sorts of supports which seemed to be lacking were "psychological" or "pastoral" supports.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Medical Students, Doctors, Dyslexia, Specific Learning Difficulties, Neurodiversity, Neurodiverse, Mixed Methods
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Division of Medical Education
Subjects: H Social Sciences
L Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC0065 Social aspects of education > LC0189 Educational sociology
R Medicine
R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R735 Medical education
Depositing User: Dr Sebastian C K Shaw
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2020 09:58
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2021 13:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/90927

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