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Medical Students' Quest Towards the Long White Coat: Impact on Mental Health and Well-Being

Medical Students' Quest Towards the Long White Coat: Impact on Mental Health and Well-Being
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Author(s): Christina Ramirez Smith (University of the Bahamas, Bahamas)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 42
Source title: Exploring the Pressures of Medical Education From a Mental Health and Wellness Perspective
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Christina Ramirez Smith (University of the Bahamas, Bahamas)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2811-1.ch001

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Abstract

Every year across the globe, thousands of students begin the quest towards becoming a medical doctor and donning a long white coat. Global research indicates that after beginning medical education, medical students' mental health and well-being dramatically declines. The loss of well-being continues into the residency and practice of medicine. The aim of this chapter is to broadly examine the pressures unique to medical students within the context of medical education training, higher education, and the general population. A call for medical education to adopt innovative policy, plans, and administrative and curricular changes designed to foster a culture conducive to the long-term positive mental health and well-being of medical students during training and into the internship and long-term practice of medicine concludes the chapter.

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