A Medscape editorial against the age-old practice:
Unfortunately, medical students who are mistreated often go on to become doctors who mistreat other medical students, creating a cycle of abuse. This pattern has continued despite “righteous declarations by the academic community.” To break this cycle now, individual physicians will have to acknowledge these unhealthy behaviors. They must get beyond any mistreatment they suffered and demonstrate the compassionate behavior that colleagues, students, and patients deserve.
(via Clinical Cases)