And Now, Medical Students
In the last couple of posts, we have talked about “little things” that can be done to reduce physician burnout. First, we covered practicing Physicians with Dr. Wible. Then we covered Residents with Dr. Orlovich. Now it is time to look at medical students with Dr. Choi.
Check this out. What you will see is the Dean of a medical school telling you that medical students are, at their tender age, already burning out. Many numbers being bandied about here. One study reports 56% of medical students are burned out. At the University of Pittsburg, 1 out of every 6 medical students has received mental health services. And it’s getting worse. At the institution where Dr. Choi is Dean, the number of medical school students reaching out for an appointment with a Psychiatrist has increased 60% in the last four years.
What to do? Clearly, providing accessible mental health services is important, but relying on that is dealing with the result, rather than the cause, of an environment that burns out medical students. Coming up with “resilience training” programs does the same.
SO. Is this like the last two posts, where manipulating some “little things” might make a big difference? Like, as is suggested here, grading courses on a pass/fail basis, thus reducing arguably meaningless academic competition?
Bottom Line. SO. If two points determine a line, how about three? We have now heard three knowledgeable authors opine that from medical school through residency and into practice, manipulating “little things” might help to reduce burnout.
How about if we “chip in” and help?