Presented at the Trauma Studies Workshop, West Side Veterans Administration
Chicago, Illinois | February 1996
Abstract: This presentation reviews various aspects of stress, trauma and burnout in medical education. Data is presented from the paper, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in Resident Physicians Related to Their Internship by Deb Klamen, Linda Grossman & David Kopacz. In this paper, 13% of residents met diagnostic criteria for PTSD, including 20% of the women and 9% of the men. PTSD symptoms were significantly more frequent in residents who were single or divorced at the time the questionnaire was administered. There were significant positive correlations between PTSD symptoms and symptoms of both current anxiety and depression, and a significant negative correlation existed between social support and PTSD symptoms. PTSD symptoms attributed to stresses associated with internship, which may be deleterious to physician well-being and potentially to patient care, and suggest the importance of making major changes in postgraduate medical training.