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World Neurosurg. 2016 Jun;90:380-384. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2016.03.024. Epub 2016 Mar 19.

The Importance of Exercise in the Well-Rounded Physician: Dialogue for the Inclusion of a Physical Fitness Program in Neurosurgery Resident Training.

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1
Department of Neurosurgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Electronic address: Fargen@musc.edu.
2
Department of Neurosurgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

Abstract

Exercise, diet, and personal fitness programs are essentially lacking in modern graduate medical education. In the context of long hours and alternating shift and sleep cycles, the lack of exercise and poor dietary choices may have negative consequences on physician physical and mental health. This opinion piece aims to generate important dialogue regarding the scope of the problem, the literature supporting the health benefits of exercise, potential solutions to enhancing diet and exercise among resident trainees, and possible pitfalls to the adoption of exercise programs within graduate medical education.

KEYWORDS:

Fitness; Resident education; Wellness

PMID:
27001240
DOI:
10.1016/j.wneu.2016.03.024
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