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2nd symposium on medical student wellbeing and resilience 2017

There is growing evidence of burnout in medical students as well as among qualified doctors in the UK. Doctors’ burnout has been linked with major medical errors, and lost work hours. On the other hand, doctors who are more empathic, and those who deal better with the everyday challenges of a life in medical practice tend to be both safer and more clinically effective.

By Prof. David Peters 6 December 2017

Do new graduates feel well prepared for their foundation years?

The transition to foundation year is a tough time for many. The GMC’s own national training survey showed that six months into their first placements in 2014, 69% of F1 doctors felt they were adequately prepared, while 9.4% strongly disagreed.   A growing number of young doctors either fail to complete foundation training or intend leaving the NHS when its over: official figures in 2015 reported that only 52% of junior doctors who finished the two-year foundation training after medical school said they would stay in the NHS and work towards becoming a GP or specialist – the lowest proportion in the health service’s history and down from a 2011 level of  71.3%.

 

Is this situation sustainable?

The requirements of 21st century healthcare are changing fast, and public expectations along with the demands made on doctors are growing too.  Doctors already need considerable personal resilience if they are to go the career distance and carry out the daily demands of their job effectively without becoming workaholic or burning out. If one in ten junior doctors current feels ill-prepared, then medical schools and their teachers simply have to respond.   But how?  The second symposium set out the territory of student wellbeing, to look at the changing landscape of healthcare and see some examples of innovation and good practice.