Author

Rachel Laff

Date of Award

4-12-2009

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Medical Doctor (MD)

First Advisor

Steven Southwick

Abstract

Consistent with prior studies, the prevalence of depression in interns is significantly higher than the general population. There is a significant amount of suicidal ideation among interns during the first three-months of internship. It appears that international medical graduates are significantly less depressed than U.S. medical graduates during the first six-months of internship. A prior history of depression, longer work hours, female gender, and a lack of confidence in coping with challenges are associated with the development of depression during the first six-months of internship. Of greatest concern, very few interns with clinically significant levels of depression are seeking treatment. In order to better address the mental health needs of interns, increasing access to mental health services, and understanding barriers to seeking treatment will be important areas to develop in the future.

Comments

This is an Open Access Thesis.

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