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Stress, Mental Health and Education

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A recent commission at Queen's University in Kingston has completed a year-long study triggered by tragic events in the Queen's community in 2010 and 2011. Their work has resulted in a number of recommendations, including considering changes in examination schedules and in scheduling classes. Other recommendations include developing early intervention strategies.

Are there implications for medical students? Several well done studies have demonstrated that from 10 to 30% of medical students in clerkship experience some degree of mental distress. Medical students historically are slow to seek care, so that in addition to being pro-active for themselves, students need to be sensitive to distress among fellow students.

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