To the Editor: In their study on depression in medical students, Dr Schwenk and colleagues1 gave 2 possible explanations for their finding that preclinical students stated more frequently than their older colleagues that depressed peers would provide inferior patient care and might be unable to cope with medical school stress. The authors suggested that these results could reflect the anticipatory anxiety of preclinical students thinking of future rotations or might point toward a more empathic understanding of the illness in more mature students.
Helmich E, Bolhuis S, Koopmans R. Medical Students and Depression. JAMA. 2011;305(1):38-39. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1886