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Table 3 Attitudes about Working When Feeling Sick, Specific to Training Level

From: Attitudes about sickness presenteeism in medical training: is there a hidden curriculum?

  Agree or Strongly Agree
Students Residents Faculty
As a medical student, when feeling sick with what might be an infectious condition …
 I would leave the decision to come into work up to my superior. 33%
 I would come into work to avoid a negative evaluation by my superior. 78%
 I would come into work to avoid having to make up work. 64%
 My decision to come into work would depend on the length of my rotation (i.e. I would be more likely to remain at home during a 6-week rotation as opposed to a 2-week rotation). 82%
As a resident, when feeling sick with what might be an infectious condition …
 I would leave the decision to come into work up to my superior. 37%
 I would come into work to avoid a negative evaluation by my superior. 74%
As a resident …
 I would negatively evaluate a medical student for remaining at home when sick. 11%
 I would view a medical student as lazy or weak if he or she called in sick. 5%
As an attending (faculty) physician
 I would negatively evaluate a medical student or resident for remaining at home when sick with what might be an infectious condition. 0%
 I would view a medical student or resident as lazy or weak if he or she called in sick. 3%