Each year, medical school graduates don their long white coat for the first time and begin their residency. While residency promises the excitement of learning and increased autonomy, it also brings long duty hours and stressful situations worsened by inexperience. Due to these stressors, burnout affects many residents each year. Studies have been done to see if wellness curricula help decrease resident burnout, and since journaling is a known way to relieve stress and enhance reflection, journaling has become a common intervention in these curricula.1,2 While there are studies evaluating the impact of journaling on mental health and stress relief, the data is still limited on journaling specifically in the resident population. The aim of this educational intervention is to expose internal medicine residents to journaling as a way to mitigate burnout and survey their responses to the intervention.
Sunder, MD, Tara; Diemer, MD, Gretchen; and Sunder, MD, Vikas
"Resident Experiences with Journaling,"
The Medicine Forum: Vol. 20
, Article 17.
Available at: https://jdc.jefferson.edu/tmf/vol20/iss1/17