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How do we best handle the health concerns of our residents?

A resident suffering from depression drinks too much and sleeps through a hospital shift the next morning. Another resident walks out of a patient room in the midst of a panic attack.

As family medicine educators, how do we best handle these health concerns in our residents?

The pendulum in medical training can swing in two directions. At one end, residents are indoctrinated into a macho mentality, where the need for self-care is a sign of stigmatized weakness that must be hidden. At the other end, where rejection of this mentality and fear of the physician suicide epidemic intersect, faculty may diagnose or treat their own residents in hopes of preventing bad outcomes.

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