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Study: Burned out med students more likely to give poor care

The stresses of medical school may have some value as a way of testing students’ mettle, but it comes with a real cost.

A recent Mayo Clinic study found that more than half of medical students showed signs of burnout. No surprise there. What might be surprising is the effect that stress has on their performance.

For example, 43% of third- and fourth-year med students say they engaged in unprofessional conduct, such as reporting results of a physical exam as normal even though they didn’t perform the exam.

The effects of burnout can last long after the students leave med school. The study also found that med students with burnout were less likely to provide care for under-served communities later in their careers.

The study appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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