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Preventing resident burnout

Residency Program Insider, April 23, 2015

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In response to the high risk of depression among physicians in training and the elevated risk of suicide among physicians in practice, the ACGME Council of Review Committee Residents conducted an inquiry to identify resources to address resident wellness and how to further promote them in the learning environment.
 
The committee’s findings were recently published in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education and suggested that institutions do the following to promote resident wellness:
-          Increase awareness of the stress of residency and destigmatize depression in trainees
-          Develop systems to identify and treat depression in trainees in a confidential way to reduce barriers to accessing help
-          Enhance mentoring by senior peers and faculty
-          Promote a supportive culture
-          Encourage additional study of the problem to deepen understanding of the issue
 
Source: Journal of Graduate Medical Education



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