Depression in the internship

R. J. Valko, Paula J Clayton

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Fifty three first yr residents who had just completed an internship were interviewed and it was found that 30% of them had a depression in their internship. The onset of their depression generally occurred at the beginning of their internship on a service with a higher number of working hr per wk. Four in the depressed group had suicidal ideation, 3 had a suicidal plan, and 6 had marital problems who had never had marital problems before. Thirty one % of the depressed interns said they would not choose medicine again as a career. The depressed interns had a positive family history for depression and more previous depressions. Changes in the internship might be considered, in particular, lowering the number of working hr per wk.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-29
Number of pages4
JournalDisease of the Nervous System
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1975


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