Are we resilient enough for tomorrow?

S Jawad and S Lynch

Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton

It is well documented that medical training and practice has detrimental effects on the mental health of doctors and students. Higher levels of stress, depression and burnout are being reported within the medical profession. The problem is clear, however, the solution is less so. Looking to the future, resilience training has been suggested as an effective tool to help counter these effects and in turn lead to better patient care. A systematic review was conducted to identify and analyse the effectiveness of such interventions on the mental health of medical students. 

In total, 19 papers were analysed, the results suggest that a combination of organisational and individual directed interventions can be the most effective. Although resilience training has been identified by the GMC as an integral part of tomorrow’s medical education, it is clear that the field is hindered by lack of unified methodology and concept definition. It is imperative that if the field is to move forward and become actionable as evidence-based medicine, higher quality interventions with a unified methodology is needed.