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“Medical student's disease” does exist: A recent study (Medical Education 2001;35:724-8) shows that medical students are more emotionally disturbed by any physical symptoms they experience than law students. First year students were more distressed and had more hypochondriacal concerns than third year students. Matching personal symptoms to illnesses still happens in older students, but they do not get so distressed about it.
Young doctors are unhappy with their communication skills: Despite receiving undergraduate teaching on communication skills, preregistration house officers often fail to put them into practice, mainly due to lack of time and tiredness. The PRHOs in a qualitative study (Medical Education 2001;35:743-7) also confessed to becoming “immune to any emotions” and often could not discuss these issues with senior staff.
Students urged to act on global health: The charity Medact is encouraging doctors and medical students to write to Gro Brundtland, director general of the WHO; Kofi Annan,