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Supplement: The student and junior doctor in distress — "Our duty of care"

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.

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 Daly, MSc, Research Officer, Resident Stress and Support Study
Simon M Willcock, MBBS, FRACGP, Senior Lecturer, and Head
Academic General Practice, Hornsby Hospital, Hornsby, NSW.
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