Authors: Anderson, John L and Shaw, Sebastian C K.
Publication: International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies (Sussex University). 7 (1). pp. 62-71 2020
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.
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). pp. 62-71. ISSN 2409-1294