Problems and Feedback
If you experience and cannot solve interpersonal or other problems with housestaff or other members of the health care team, please notify one of the chief residents, your attending, or the local Clerkship Director (in Charlottesville, Dr. Brian Wispelwey 3-9397, in Roanoke, Dr. Alan Blackwood 540-853-0755, in Salem, Dr. Mehdi Kazemi 540-982-2463, Ext. 2391). For scheduling problems or for questions about evaluations, exams, etc., please contact Dr. Wispelwey.
At the University of Virginia School of Medicine, students, faculty, residents, nurses, and staff are expected to treat each other with professional courtesy and collegiality. Sexual harassment, student abuse, or discrimination is inappropriate in this climate of professional collegiality. Among inappropriate behaviors are the following: using language or gestures that are offensive to others; yelling at individuals; or criticizing or embarrassing students or coworkers in public. If incidents do occur, they should be reported to the Medical Student Advocacy Committee at 982-3280 so that appropriate education, feedback, counseling, and negotiations can occur in order to prevent future abuse and restore a climate of professional collegiality in the medical school community. The Committee, headed by Dearing Johns, M.D. (924-9605), operates with strict confidentiality. One can do this on-line at the Listening Post Web site.
During the clerkship you are encouraged to request feedback from both faculty and housestaff at least every two weeks. Ask them to critique your performance constructively; don't settle for "you're doing fine." Faculty are asked to meet with students individually at the end of each two-week rotation to provide feedback.