Despite our best efforts to create systems and organisational supports to facilitate optimal development for all junior medical officers (JMOs), some will continue to perform suboptimally and experience distress. It then becomes necessary to take an individualised approach to these JMOs. It must be emphasised that there is a clear distinction between distress and impairment. Distress does not imply impairment, although prolonged and unalleviated distress may eventually lead to impairment.
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