Wednesday, December 07, 2016
I came across an article about depression amongst medical students that needs to be shared. Unfortunately I am not surprised by this information. Students should be inspired and supported to perform at optimum levels, not browbeaten to prove their worth.
I used to work in healthcare as an occupational therapist before losing that career to rheumatoid arthritis. Healthcare settings can, certainly not always, be very abusive. I witnessed this first hand. This atmosphere is never good for patients.
Not everyone in the healthcare industry should be a person who provides patient services. There are alternative fields within healthcare, such as lab work, that are less directly involved with patients. But to take an eager, skilled, bright student and beat them down as part of medical boot camp is unethical in my mind. This approach to training kills students, doctors and patients.
Please pray for your medical care team.
Peace and Blessings,
Study: More than a quarter of medical students are depressed, suicidal