This year, 2114 graduating physicians matched into general surgery residencies across the United States.1 In many of these programs, incoming interns participate in orientation sessions discussing physician wellness. Residents are instructed to seek help when needed, and programs aim to encourage an open, nonjudgmental environment in which it is safe to disclose personal histories, challenges, and struggles. This ideal is often not congruent with reality as the systems in which residents learn and work are not stigma free.
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Fu WW, Gauger PG, Newman EA. Mental Illness and Stigma in Surgical Residencies—An Unspoken Truth. JAMA Surg. Published online October 14, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.2965
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