Creating A Respectful Learning Environment: Avoiding Student and Trainee Mistreatment

0.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours

Category: Education Fundamentals

Do you want to know how to create a respectful learning environment? Unfortunately, student mistreatment during training is common. Student mistreatment may have potentially serious and long-lasting consequences. In this module, we involve you in a dialogue that will help you better understand how to recognize and prevent mistreatment in medical education.


Lisa MacLean, M.D.

Dr. MacLean is board certified in Psychiatry and has served for many years as a Psychiatry Residency Program Director. She currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Career Development at Wayne State University School of Medicine.  

Current role: 2012-present

Director of the Behavioral Health Education Programs and the Director of the Psychiatry Residency Program at Henry Ford Hospital 2003-2012. 

Chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee for Henry Ford Hospital

Medical degree from Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine

Psychiatry residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Private practice for 6 years in the Grosse Pointe area.

Top Doc from 2009-2011


  1. Define mistreatment in learning environments.
  2. Review the national AAMC Graduation Questionnaire data on medical student mistreatment.
  3. Discuss the history and current national data on student mistreatment in medical school.
  4. Identify how faculty actions influence the learning of students and trainees in medical education.
  5. Discuss the long term consequences of mistreatment and how it can be eliminated.

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases, questions for reflection (not scored), and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with the Post Test (which requires a score of 80%) and then the Module Evaluation, followed by the opportunity to print your Continuing Education Certificate. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.