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Citation

Gishen F. BMJ 2019; 366: l5465.

Affiliation

UCL Medical School, London, UK.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, BMJ Publishing Group)

DOI

10.1136/bmj.l5465

PMID

31501160

Abstract

As a profession, we need to discuss suicide openly, and extend these discussions beyond patients to include our colleagues and students. While there is a tentative but increasingly emboldened literature around mental health problems and suicide in senior and junior doctors, there is little specifically about medical students.12

Suicide is the most common avoidable cause of death in young people. There is currently no evidence to show that the prevalence of death by suicide in medical students is higher than in the general population (or indeed the wider student population), but there is an allied and growing literature around medical student perfectionism, anxiety, depression, burnout, and suicidal ideation.34 The data suggest that stigma and fear of fitness to practise sequelae can inhibit medical students from seeking help.5

There is little written about those students …


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