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The 'Pimping' of Medical Students

Posted Oct 01 2008 10:28pm
The term 'pimping' is not a term that I've previously heard used in hospitals, medical schools, or clinical ethics rounds, but apparently is a term that's gaining popularity: it is being used in the medical profession to describe the process of enticing respect for the medical intern's superiors and to rid the intern of unwarranted self esteem.

The article, "The Art of Pimping" was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 and then the website Neonatology on the Web, picked up the article in 2005: it suggests (tongue-in-cheek) that every 'newly appointed attending must teach himself how to pimp.'

The question is does grilling medical students with questions make them into better doctors? How do we, as patients, benefit from such a bizarre practice?
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