Stemming the Physician Burnout Tide by Helping Medical Students

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, an estimated 300 to 400 physicians commit suicide each year– about one physician per day.  Training for medical students presently involves multiple risk factors for mental illness, including decreased sleep, relocation resulting in fewer available support systems, and feelings of isolation.  An article for JAMA Psychiatrycalls for a national response to this issue and offers guidelines on appropriate education, screening, and treatment.  The first steps would be to educate the academic community concerning these issues, and to foster help-seeking behaviors and access to care for all trainees.  Next, a national commitment is recommended to support residents and fellows during their training.  This can help ensure the well-being of future generations of physicians and their patients, the article concludes.

2018-03-29T12:10:28+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Burnout in the News, News in Brief|