One can only hope that archaic views of medicine and the need to suffer die out with changes in generations of physicians. That said, we need to continue to openly speak out about such issues in order to ensure that this negative cycle does not perpetuate. We know it’s wrong, let’s make it known. And when we become residents and staff, let’s remember how horrible the culture of medical school can really be. And please, for the love of all things good, don’t be the type of staff that questions why a student wants to go home after their call shift has ended.
The release of studies on medical student health, such as the one highlighted above, are important for advocating for the health and well-being of medical students. No profession in the world should accept a 1 in 4 rate of depression, or a 1 in 10 rate of suicidal ideation — let alone among young learners who are training to become leaders of, and providers of, healthcare.