Welcome to the grindstone
Summer is fading fast, and a new academic year looms. As medical students wipe dust from battered textbooks and shuffle reluctantly back to lecture halls and wards, they will be experiencing a mix of emotions. A new term brings excitement, optimism, but also—for some—apprehension at returning to the grind. We all know how taxing the demands of medical training and clinical practice can be. The statistics are shocking but no longer surprising: healthcare workers have higher rates of depression than other professionals; one in 15 doctors experiences drug or alcohol dependence at some point.
How do medical students cope with the strains of their workload? We all have different ways. Binge drinking is generally cited as one of the more prominent coping—or rather, not coping—strategies, with inebriated medical students supposedly spending weekends cluttering the hallways of emergency departments that they’ll have to work in on Monday. At least, so says