Journal Article

Post-traumatic stress disorder amongst surgical trainees: an unrecognised risk?

Thompson C, Naumann DN, Fellows JL, et al. The surgeon : journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland. 2017;15:123-130.

Physicians who experience adverse effects after being involved in medical errors have been dubbed second victims. This survey of surgical trainees found that many experience psychological consequences as severe as post-traumatic stress disorder following death or serious injury to patients. Few of the participants sought mental health care, suggesting an unmet need for mental health services for trainee surgeons.