Depression and financial stress leading causes of med school dropouts

An online survey of 475 medical students conducted by researchers at the University of Sydney found that 21% had seriously considered dropping out of their course in the past 12 months, with the main reasons being financial (29%), depression (15%), and doubts whether medicine was the right course decision (17%).

In the study, published in the journal Australasian Psychiatry, authors reported that "the ‘service’ most strongly endorsed by students in our study was better advertising of services already in existence" and that a key barrier to students seeking psychological support was the

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