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December 8, 2015

Resident Depression: The Tip of a Graduate Medical Education Iceberg

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno
JAMA. 2015;314(22):2357-2358. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.15408

Physicians are rightfully proud of their reputation as being intelligent, dedicated, hard-working, committed to the lifelong acquisition of new knowledge and skills, and able to overcome personal discomfort (particularly sleep deprivation) for the sake of the needs of patients. Physicians are less proud and less willing to admit or discuss that, as a profession, they are at equal risk for depression and higher risk for suicide than that of the general population,1-3 despite having seemingly better access to mental health care than many segments of the population.