Opinion: The roots of burnout start early. See: Applying to medical school

Reducing the stress experienced by nascent physicians should be a priority. Shortening the admissions timeline would be an important step toward preventing burnout among the next generation of physicians.

Approximately 60,000 medical school applicants will be finishing a nearly year-long admissions process this month, close to the second anniversary of Dr. Lorna Breen’s suicide. Breen’s untimely death in 2020 inspired a new law to provide funding for preventing burnout by improving mental health treatment and promoting resiliency of health care providers.

This new law won’t prevent physician burnout. Before the first day of medical school, aspiring doctors have already been exposed to prolonged toxic stress from an admissions process that extends over a 12-month period, during which their future is in the hands of medical school administrators.

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