A recent Annals study brings attention to medical school burnout, with 11 percent of students contemplating suicide in the past year. “The link was strong and independent of symptoms of depression,” says Tait D. Shanafelt, MD, director of the Mayo Clinic Dept. of Medicine Program on Physician Well-Being.
Perhaps one reason is that, with a proportion of students getting a “C” grade or lower, it’s the first taste of failure for many students.
More schools are going with a strict “Pass/fail” grading system, which may reduce the pressure in the medical school cooker.