ISSN: 0970-938X (Print) | 0976-1683 (Electronic)

Biomedical Research

An International Journal of Medical Sciences

Abstract

Stress among medical students and its consequences on health: A qualitative study.

This study explores medical students and interns perceived causes of stress and probes their
consequences on their health. A qualitative approach was used to conduct this study. Four focus group
discussions were conducted with final year medical students (8 male and 10 females) and medical interns
(8 male and 7 females) at a large medical school in Saudi Arabia between October and January
2017/2018. Theoretical framework was used to analyze the qualitative data with the aid of NVivo
software. Analysis of the focus groups revealed the following stressors: workload, exams and change of
teams, transition periods from pre-clinical to clinical phases of the curriculum, fear of being unaccepted
in the preferred specialty. The competitive environment in medical schools plays a major role as a
stressor among the students and interns. Additionally, high expectations from the teaching staff and
families to perform well at school are adding to the stress they experience. Students’ health and social
life were perceived to be affected as a consequence of these stressors. Stress among medical students is
caused by factors related to academia and others related to teachers and family expectations. Medical
schools need to consider these stressors and reduce them. Special preparation and orientation sessions

Author(s): Nouro Abouammah, Farhana Irfan, Ibrahim Marwa, Nasriah Zakria, Eiad AlFaris
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