Our Future Doctors

Aren’t doing so great.  Medical school is beating them down, and the workload and debtload is causing them to detach themselves emotionally.

The medical resident of today — possibly your doctor in the future — is exhausted, emotionally spent and likely stressed out about debt, a new study indicates.

“About 50% of our trainees are burned out,” said study leader Dr. Colin P. West, an associate professor of medicine and biostatistics at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Higher levels of stress translated into lower scores on tests that gauge medical knowledge and more emotional detachment, among other fallout.

The full article is here

This agrees with my own observations. I don’t have a study in front of me to prove it, but I suspect the situation is about the same for other professional students too.

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