- By: Neil Chanchlani
- Published: 24 May 2012
- DOI: 10.1136/sbmj.e2945
- Cite this as: Student BMJ 2012;20:e2945
It’s no surprise that medical students often feel stressed, agitated, or overworked. Given the hours trainee doctors work and their lifestyle, it’s hard not to feel burnt out sometimes, especially when exams are looming. If you ever feel like this, you’re not alone. As Marie Dahlin points out (doi:10.1136/sbmj.e2708), a recent BMJ Open study shows that 46% of GPs had high levels of emotional exhaustion and 32% had low levels of personal accomplishment. Although trainees and doctors experience such feelings, the recent study has shown that doctors’ depersonalisation has no impact on patient dissatisfaction. If you’re looking for ways to reduce burnout, Jessie Colquhoun gives great tips on how to recognise yourself burning out and how to locate support (doi:10.1136/sbmj.e2791).
Some students act well under pressure. Joanna Louden describes her experience of performing bystander CPR on someone who crashed his car outside her house (doi:10.1136/sbmj.e2710). It took nine minutes for