Sources of medical student stress

Krishna Subhash Vyas, Terry D. Stratton, Neelkamal S. Soares

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Abstract

Background: Key elements in the clinical practice of prevention, health and wellness are best cultivated in medical professionals during undergraduate medical training. This study explores students’ self-assessed stress relative to gender, academic expectations, and level of medical training to guide development of targeted wellness interventions. Methods: In early 2012, undergraduate (M1–M4) students in four Southeastern U.S. allopathic medical schools were surveyed about health-related attitudes and behaviors. Results: A total of 575 students returned completed questionnaires. Students in the preclinical years (M1–M2), especially females, reported significantly higher stress levels. Academic expectations and satisfaction were also significantly implicated. Discussion: These findings highlight the general areas of potential concern regarding stressors associated with medical training. Future research should guide programmatic efforts to enhance students’ overall health and wellness vis-à-vis curriculum, skills training, and support services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-235
Number of pages4
JournalEducation for Health: Change in Learning and Practice
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

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Keywords

  • Health behavior
  • Medical student wellness
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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