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BRIEF COMMUNICATION
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 232-235

Sources of medical student stress


1 Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA
2 Department of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, USA
3 Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, MI, USA

Correspondence Address:
Krishna Subhash Vyas
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 200 1st Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/efh.EfH_54_16

Background: Key elements in the clinical practice of prevention, health and wellness are best cultivated in medical professionals during undergraduate medical training. This study explores students' self-assessed stress relative to gender, academic expectations, and level of medical training to guide development of targeted wellness interventions. Methods: In early 2012, undergraduate (M1–M4) students in four Southeastern U.S. allopathic medical schools were surveyed about health-related attitudes and behaviors. Results: A total of 575 students returned completed questionnaires. Students in the preclinical years (M1–M2), especially females, reported significantly higher stress levels. Academic expectations and satisfaction were also significantly implicated. Discussion: These findings highlight the general areas of potential concern regarding stressors associated with medical training. Future research should guide programmatic efforts to enhance students' overall health and wellness vis-à -vis curriculum, skills training, and support services.


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