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Studies Show Special Mental Health Risks for Certain Groups of New Doctors

April 29, 2022


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5-15 mins
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Training to be a physician is grueling, but for two groups, the first year of residency can be particularly challenging. New studies from the University of Michigan identify two groups of first-year residents, also called interns, who may be especially at risk of developing mental health concerns: those who are training to be surgeons and those who are members of sexual minorities. Tasha Hughes, M.D., M.P.H., U-M Department of Surgery assistant professor, shares insights from the study she led on surgical residents and their mental health during their first year of training. Elena Frank, Ph.D., director of the Intern Health Study, shares key findings from her study on first-year residents, highlighting that depression scores were higher at the start of the intern year for members of sexual minorities compared with their heterosexual peers, and the gap grew as the year went on.

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