Good patients are best doctors

LEARNING to be a good patient is one of the most important parts of being a good doctor, medical students have been told.

That is according to the Australian Medical Students’ Association’s (AMSA) recently released wellbeing guide for medical students, Keeping Your Grass Greener, designed to help prospective doctors maintain their own health throughout medical school.

AMSA president Robert Marshall said it was critical that students had access to information and resources to help them better manage and respond to study, work and life stresses.

“We know that, as medical students progress through medical school, they begin to exhibit lower psychological wellbeing than age-matched peers and the general population,” he said.

“An AMSA survey has suggested that almost 50% of medical students believe there is a stigma associated with experiencing stress and distress, and only half had received formal teaching on