Emergency medicine stressful
Nine tenths of medical students report symptoms of acute stress disorder as a direct result of their emergency experience, say researchers from the Louisiana State University. The study appears in the May edition of the Academic Emergency Medicine Journal (2003;10:5-545).
Trevor Mills and colleagues invited all medical students completing a rotation in emergency medicine over six months to complete the survey. The students also commented on the number of prior emergency rotations, intended future specialty, and “the most stressful situation(s) which you encountered during your emergency medicine rotation.”
The survey, comprising 18 questions, assessed symptoms of acute stress immediately after a traumatic event. It included five subcategories--pretrauma dissociation, post-trauma dissociation, intrusive thoughts, avoidance, and hyperarousal.
Two thirds (37/56) of medical students responded to the survey, 30 of them reported that this was their first emergency rotation; 60% of the students (22/56) considered emergency medicine their future specialty.
Stress proved to