• By Dana Sparks

Medical Resident Fatigue and Stress = Car Crashes

December 17, 2012

It seems long hours in the hospital are causing more than stress and fatigue among doctors-in-training — they’re crashing, or nearly crashing, their cars after work. The Mayo Clinic research found that nearly half of the roughly 300 Mayo Clinic residents polled during the course of their residencies reported nearly getting into a motor vehicle crash during their training, and about 11 percent were actually involved in a traffic accident. Lead author Colin West, M.D., Ph.D., an internal medicine physician says,"Just like any other field, residents need their recovery time. In order to make good decisions, physicians need to be physically and emotionally well."

The study is published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings 
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Sound bites with Dr. West are available in the downloads above

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