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Mental Health & Medical School

Posted by medliorator on October 15, 2008

By Kathleen Phalen Tomaselli, AMNews correspondent. Oct. 20, 2008.

A study in the Sept. 2 Annals of Internal Medicine found that 50% of approximately 2,200 medical students surveyed at seven medical schools reported burnout, while 11% said they considered suicide in the past year.

An estimated 400 physicians commit suicide each year.

“It has been known for some time that suicide rates among doctors are higher than the general population. The gap in suicide rates evidently begins as early as medical school,” said Eva Schernhammer, MD, DrPH, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston

“Medical students have typically been extremely successful throughout their prior academic and professional experiences, and it can be difficult for them to ask for help when they struggle,” Dr. Shanafelt said. “They may be reluctant to access these [counseling services] because of confidentiality concerns.”

Medical student stress and burnout leave some with thoughts of suicide []


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