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Burning out

Medical students are at risk, but support is available

  • By: Jessie Colquhoun
  • Published: 04 May 2012
  • DOI: 10.1136/sbmj.e2791
  • Cite this as: Student BMJ 2012;20:e2791

Jane didn’t realise she was burnt out until the car crash. She was six weeks away from taking her finals and it had been a long year. She was on placement at a hospital an hour and a half away from the city her medical school was in, and instead of making the long commute every day as some students had decided on, she thought she would live nearby. “I thought it would make it easier to study,” she explains. “I didn’t have a car at first and the hospital was split over two sites with no shuttle. It was almost impossible for me to get around. Luckily my parents stepped in and bought me a car and things felt easier for a while.” But as the months wore on, Jane felt increasingly isolated. “It was very lonely being so far from my friends and it was hard finding a

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