Authors’ Response to Comment on “The Potential Effect of the Psychiatric Clerkship and Contact-Based Hypothesis on Explicit and Implicit Stigmatizing Attitudes of Canadian Medical Students Towards Mental Illness”

  • Anish AroraEmail author
  • Harman S. Sandhu
  • Jennifer Brasch
Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

As early investigators and students, alongside learning how to conduct rigorous research, we aim to galvanize and engage in important discourses with individuals worldwide in an attempt to assist in systematically improving the field of healthcare. Thus, we wish to express our joy in reading and responding to the letter by Evans and McCaughan [1] commenting on our paper [2]. This well-written letter by UK medical students provides a valuable addition to the discussion on stigma within medical education. The authors provide insight gained through subjective personal experiences, which serve well to contrast the findings of our article. Moreover, the authors do well in identifying the need to shift the focus of research efforts from the existence of stigma in medical education to identifying ways to overcome it effectively.

We would like to address several matters, however. First, the authors focus a large portion of their letter on the limitations of the methodology and...


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On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.McGill UniversityQuebecCanada
  2. 2.McMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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