Saving Others Is Too Much Stress

by RimaAlha on January 26, 2015 - 9:32pm

“The pressure today is much less than it was, say, 15 years ago,” said Gaétan Barrette about medicals in training. “It’s much, much, much more accommodating than it was in my time.” After the suicide of a doctor in training less than 2 months ago, Quebec health minister denies the huge amount of pressure placed on med students. Geoffrey Vendeville questions his says in the article, “Med students aren't under too much stress, Quebec health minister says,” MontrealGazette, published on November 27, 2014. The author confirms that the suicide of Émilie Marchand demonstrates that medical students should be helped to manage their stress. In fact, part of them contemplated suicide due to their enormous amount of work every week, the need to integrate new teams every 6-8 weeks in different specialities and the constant supervision of their superiors. Joseph Daphine, president of the Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec, suggested that students returning from sick leaves start back with shorter shifts.

Yet, these medical residents should not deal with this much stress due to their value in our society. We need physicians and torturing them will no attract the youth to join them. Quite the opposite, they should be given more time to learn all these different concepts they have to know. Maybe if they take it easy, there will be more young people interested in the matter. Not only doctors are important, but the whole idea of competiveness in this field should be eradicated. Hospitals are not the place where distress should be seen as a weakness as it presently is. If the Programme d’aide aux médecins du Québec was more promoted by supervisors or Quebec health minister Gaétan Barrette, we may see a decrease in depression levels. Or an avoidance of tragic events as the one we all experienced when Émilie Marchand decided to die because saving others is too much stress.



Your article is very well written and it discusses about a reality that is not enough spoken about on the news. Lots of medical students tend to have suicidal thoughts because of the work load they have.
In the article above, it specifies that doctors are most likely to be depressed because of the social isolation that their program provides and because of the fact that doctors tend to be very critical of themselves. Females especially are more likely to be suicidal than males because of the working environment that pressurizes women, which increases their percentage of 130% of the suicide rate, and for males, of 40%.
In the end, the government does not put on enough focus on how problematic this situation is because they consider that it was worst in the past. But living in the present society, it is necessary that the government acts up and reduce the work load for doctors and physicians so that students can be more comfortable in their jobs and actually acknowledge the benefit that they are providing to our society.