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Managing stress

Building resilience

Overview and objectives

Medical students around a desk studying


Most doctors will tell you they enjoy their work and can't imagine doing anything else. However, the practice of medicine can sometimes be stressful.

To provide the best care for your patients, it is important to support your own health by managing the inherent stress of your profession.


After completing this topic you will be able to:
  • Identify sources of stress for medical students, residents, and practising physicians.
  • Describe stresses associated with adverse events (accidents in Québec), complaints, and legal actions.
  • Explain 3 strategies for coping with stress.
  • List tips for reducing stress in a complaint or legal action by working with your lawyer.