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Medical Schools Begin to Address Psychological Distress of Students

In a 2014 study from the Mayo Clinic and Stanford University, more than half of all U.S. medical students had symptoms of depression, and 56% reported themselves to be burned out. The same study found that medical students were two to five times more likely to have clinically significant depression than similarly aged college graduates pursuing other careers. Indeed, a 2016 meta-analysis showed that the rate of depression in medical students in 47 countries was 27%, far higher than rates in the general population.

Four strategies for consideration are shared to increase resilience training and mental health treatment in medical schools.  The first strategy is for schools to integrate comprehensive wellness and mental health support into their learning environment.

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