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Psychiatry (Edgmont). 2009 May;6(5):38-45.

Medical student mental health services: psychiatrists treating medical students.

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  • 1Dr. Gentile is Board Certified, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Director of Medical Student Mental Health Services, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Director of the Dual Diagnosis Program (Mental Illness/Intellectual Disabilities) at Wright State University, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Wright State University.

Abstract

Medical school is a stressful and challenging time in the academic career of physicians. Because of the psychological pressure inherent to this process, all medical schools should have easily accessible medical student mental health services. Some schools of medicine provide these services through departments of psychiatry or other associated training programs. Since this stressful lifestyle often continues through residency training and life as a physician, this is a critical period in which to develop and utilize functional and effective coping strategies. When psychiatrists provide the mental health treatment to medical students, it is important to consider transference and countertransference issues, over intellectualization, and instances of strong idealization and identification.

KEYWORDS:

counseling; medical school; medical student; medical training; mental health services; psychiatrist; psychotherapy; school of medicine

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