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December 6, 2016

Medical Student Mental Health: Culture, Environment, and the Need for Change

Author Affiliations
  • 1Office of Curricular Affairs, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri
JAMA. 2016;316(21):2195-2196. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.16396

Concerns about the mental health of future physicians have existed for decades. For example, in 1936, Strecker et al1 described 4 levels of impairment of psychologic functioning of medical students. In this issue of JAMA, 80 years later, the studies by Rotenstein and colleagues2 and by Wasson and colleagues3 shed new light on the issue of poor mental health of medical students by examining 2 different aspects of the problem.