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Examining stress and responses to stress in medical students and new medical graduates

Michele G Daly and Simon M Willcock
Med J Aust 2002; 177 (1): 14.
Published online: 1 July 2002

Most members of the medical profession feel stressed at some time. If stress is ongoing, impairment may occur (defined as being unable to safely or reliably perform one's role). A continuum appears to exist between functioning well, being distressed and becoming impaired, with external (environment-related) and internal (personal-related) stressors determining where an individual will lie on the continuum.

  • Michele G Daly1
  • Simon M Willcock2

  • Academic General Practice, Hornsby Hospital, Hornsby, NSW.

Correspondence: mdaly@med.usyd.edu.au

Acknowledgements: 

This study was supported by grants from the Postgraduate Medical Council of NSW and the NSW Medical Board.

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