President of the World Medical Association (WMA), Dr. Osahon Enabulele has tasked older practioners to be deliberate in encouraging younger doctors on how to improve global medical practice.
Enabulele was addressing the 1st International Junior Doctors Network Conference (JDN) going on at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
He decried the rising incidences of bullying, harassment and exploitative tendencies of younger doctors by those who ought to mentor saying, “the trend is worrisome”.
Enabulele also noted that the effect of the unpalatable challenges are seen in the high rates of physical and mental burn out among young doctors leading to mass exit to other professions.
“The declining level of mentorship in the medical profession has left most of the junior doctors disillusioned with some exiting the medical profession and, seeking alternative career pathways”, said Enabulele.
He lamented, “A situation that has impacted negatively on healthcare delivery and health outcomes”.
The WMA President equally reminded every medical practitioner of the need to be committed to the Physician’s pledge and the revised International Code of Medical ethics.
Dr. Enabulele assured the junior doctors network of the WMA’s commitment to their well-being and career development.
He promised that the world body shall continue to protect its members and address cases of violence against physicians especially at the workplaces.
The president tasked the young doctors to continue and remain productive as he urged the seniors to revive the spirit of mentorship.
According to Enabulele, “this is possible through creation of conducive working conditions and improved condition of service, career development, continuous professional development and effective communication pathways for younger doctors and other cadres”.