An article from Science Daily today talks about an increase in depression rates among medical students especially for females during the internship years.  Depressive symptoms were most common in the affective and cognitive domains, with somatic being the third possible.  Having a family member who was a doctor was found to mitagate some of the effects of depression and generally lower the risk.

Some of the questions this article raises for me include:

  • Do initiates of other high stress careers experience similarly high rates of depression?  What about anxiety?
  • What sort of personality factors affect depression rates and longevity among medical students and doctors?
  • How does this increase in rates of depression affect patient care in teaching hospitals?
  • Would it be possible to affect the Resident-Intern relationship to make it more of a mentoring relationship?
  • What sort of mental health services are generally available to new doctors?

BMC Medical Education (2008, December 4). Depression Rife Among Medical Students. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 5, 2008, from­ /releases/2008/12/081205094515.htm