Research at a number of overseas medical schools reveals decreasing quality of life for students after they enter medical school. Associated with this is an increased level of depression and burn-out. Other studies have revealed increased levels of anxiety, stress and suicidal ideation. Factors contributing to this phenomenon relate to both curricular and personal stressors. This project aims to explore the personal impact on students of a challenging professional programme, to identify factors which have a negative impact and to identify strategies to alleviate stressors and to enhance support for students.
This is a cross-sectional, questionnaire based study to assess levels of depression and burnout in medical students at Otago University, the associated impact on quality of life and factors which contribute to student distress.