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‘unacceptably high’ rate of depression among young Doctors, Study

“Depression among residents may also affect patients, given established associations between physician depression and lower-quality care.”

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For too many new doctors, training years provide a crash course in depression. About 30 percent of interns and residents experience depressive symptoms or full-blown depression at some point during their training, according to study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA).

“The medical profession has a major problem, ” Dr. Thomas S. Schwenk, dean of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, wrote in an editorial that accompanies the study. “These findings could be easily construed as describing a depression endemic among residents and fellows.”

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