Residency

Study: Depressed residents are cynical, stressed

Residency Program Insider, May 27, 2016

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A study comparing the experiences of first year residents found that depression can have a profound impact on their careers. Researchers found that 35% of the residents who participated in the study had clinically significant depression. These residents were more likely to report cynicism, exhaustion, and stress. They also described experiences that broke their confidence, belief in the profession, and sense of well-being. Residents who did not show signs of depression described their experiences as profoundly positive, life-changing, and educational.

The study’s authors wrote, “Depression during internship affects … how interns value the profession and themselves, with potentially profound consequences for their future career decisions. Residency programs should implement reactive interventions targeting depression and proactive interventions promoting resilience and well-being to address the issues that lead to depression.”

Source: Becker’s Hospital Review



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