As exciting as it may be, medical residency can subject individuals to high-stress levels. Over time, this condition can overwhelm a person and affect their performance, mainly if they cannot cope.
Residents Medical Group is at the forefront of the fight against the effects of mental stress on medical residents. They recognize the impact of poorly managed mental health on individuals in the medical field because it could affect their work and performance on patients.
Why Mental Stress Matters
Mental stress is a psychological strain on an individual or individuals’ experience due to their perception of internal and external events or environment.
Mental stress can manifest in several ways. Affected individuals suffer from various symptoms, including amnesia, anxiety, forgetfulness, unexplained fatigue, irritability, depression, and some may even experience hair loss and skin rashes.
One of the most concerning effects of mental stress among medical residents is that it affects their decision-making and problem-solving skills, which can be detrimental to their ability to take on the responsibilities of medical professionals.
Mental stress is common among medical residents who, as a requirement of their job, are exposed to multiple stimuli on any given day they spend at their place of work.
Sadly, this is unsurprising because residents have to spend long hours at work in an environment where they meet patients on the worst days of their lives and are often in a high-stress environment.
Residents also tend to suffer from a lack of sleep, increasing their risk of suffering from mental stress and mental health problems.
Another problem with mental stress in a medical residency environment is that residents’ work is cyclical, which means they must repeatedly undergo the same extended and high-stress work hours. Poor engagement, especially with their patients, also increases the risk of depression.
Depression was especially prevalent among residents involved in programs focused on research instead of patient interaction. The same was also applicable to residents who did not receive enough interaction with their mentors.
On social interaction, many residents also suffer from social isolation brought about by long, work-focused hours. They often have very little time to spend with their social network since they spend more time in the medical facility.
In some cases, residents even have to move to a new environment out of state or country. This often leaves many of them isolated and lonely.
Fortunately, there are ways around this concerning issue. Past studies
showed that residents with better engagement, interaction, and support from mentors and faculty performed better.
How We Can Help
Residents Medical Consultancy understands the importance of identifying mental stress causes among medical residents and providing the correct type of support and solutions to address their needs.
They know how unsettling life changes can be, especially for individuals who have just completed a very demanding curriculum and are now going through the rigors of a residency program.
International medical graduates are particularly at risk of mental stress. They have to work in an environment that may have a different culture and likely a different approach to social interactions.
At Residents Medical Group, they strive to ensure that medical residents in their residency programs are well prepared for the challenges of taking on residency.
Residents Medical believes in identifying the programs that best match residents based on their interests and skills, so that these programs can play up to their strengths and capabilities.
By removing biases and unfair disadvantages, medical residents gain access to programs that ensure further learning and provide a healthy work environment.
Residents Medical Group’s CEO, Dr. Michael Everest, is at the forefront of the drive to identify and match residents with programs that offer the right type of opportunities.
For him, it is not enough that a program exists. It has to be progressive enough to allow better learning and provide the residents with an environment that allows them to thrive.
Dr. Michael Everest and his wife, Agata Everest, know how demanding the medical residency environment is. That’s why Dr. Michael Everest has developed a matching program to help support medical residents in finding the residency program that suits them best.
The last thing Residents Medical Consultancy wants to do is create more obstacles for medical residents. That’s why they are passionate about providing solutions and a better chance for medical residents to grow into the best medical professionals they can be, regardless of the field they want to specialize in.
Residents Medical Group acknowledges that the medical field is challenging and is not for the faint of heart. There will always be stress on the job, and the group does not believe in eliminating sources of stress just to make it easy for students.
The group believes that the best solution is to equip students with the right type of training and provide them with sufficient support so they are more capable of facing challenges head-on.
Residents Medical Group focuses on helping medical residents find the right path, place, and support on their residency journey. Helping medical residents match with the right program can help them take preventative measures to minimize the stress of residency and mental health effects.
More About Residents Medical Group
Dr. Michael Everest heads Residents Medical Group. The group is dedicated to matching residents with the best programs available to enhance their learning and promote better, more vital skills.
By matching residents with the best programs, they help to produce better medical professionals who are adept at their jobs and highly capable of maneuvering the often challenging environment of their field.
The more prepared the residents are, the better they can learn. They can then make better decisions, solve problems, and apply the best solutions as residents and future licensed medical professionals.