Awareness of medical students’ health could become part of the medical school curriculum, says the leader of a German study of medical students.
What Keeps Future Doctors Healthy? Design and First Results of a Resource-Oriented Longitudinal Study last year recruited 350 medical students and 600 students on other courses for an annual assessment.
German GP Thomas Kötter, one of the researchers, said: ‘I think Germany is a developing country when it comes to physicians’ and students’ health … We have to do a longitudinal study in order to have good evidence of the mental health of students. My objective is to implement student health into the curriculum.’
Dr Kötter said in early results, medical students reported they were in better health than their counterparts but the study aimed to determine whether this was true, or whether they tended to ignore their health issues.