The issue of physician impairment, that is , decreased ability or quality of functioning due to intemperate use of drugs or alcohol, emotional or psychiatric dysfunction, has recently received attention (1,5) . Studies have indicated the risks physicians face of substance abuse problems(6,7), marital discord(8,9), suicide (lO,ll), and psychiatric problems (l2-14). studies have also addressed the difficulties faced by medical students (15-20).
A group of medical students at the University of North Carolina came together to investigate the subject of medical student impairment . A survey was constructed in order to ascertain the sources of stress in medical school. The results were used to develop a second survey instrument that was distributed to all students in the medical school and is presently being analyzed. A portion of the results are presented in this paper because of their unique focus on interpersonal relationships as sources of stress.
Jones, MD, Beverly
"Interpersonal Relationships as Sources of Medical Student Stress,"
Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry:
1, Article 4.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/jeffjpsychiatry/vol1/iss1/4