Foster-Williams, Karen; Thomas, Peter W.; Gordon, Angella; Williams-Brown, Sharon
Author Affiliation, Ana.
An assessment of stress among clinical medical students of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
Looks at sources of stress among medical students of the University of the West Indies (Mona). Students of the classes 1993 through 1995 were asked to fill out a questionnaire. The return rate was 66%. The results were compared for differences between males and females and between the different year groups. The two most stressful items were rated the same by men and women, i.e. 1) the amount of material to be learned, and 2) examinations and/or grades. There was no statistically significant difference between stress levels by gender in this study. The penultimate clinical year was most stressful. It is hoped that the findings will be the basis for discussion about whether the identified stressors are inherent and necessary to the medical training experience and, if so, how students can be better prepared to cope with them.....