Studying medicine and quality of life
Tiago Villanueva and Irina Haivas explore what medical students and junior doctors think about the quality of life in their chosen careers
Medicine plays an important part in ensuring the wellbeing of people, but quality of life matters too for medical professionals. Although we mainly target our actions towards a better quality of life of our patients, we should not neglect the importance of taking a look in our own little world.
Medical students face demanding tasks throughout medical school, and our first years as junior doctors include tight schedules, severe time constraints, and often considerable limitations to our lives. We cannot overlook the impact and long term consequences of such a routine, which can be serious and disabling or even counterproductive.
Do we eat and sleep properly? Can we cope with stress? Do we give ourselves enough time to be creative, to expand our other talents and interests, thereby living to our full potential? Is our social life balanced, and are we spending enough quality time with loved ones?