Preventing burnout in medical students through athletics: UAlberta

April 26, 2018

Research out of the University of Alberta has examined how high-performing athletes respond to failure and success in order to determine how to improve levels of engagement among medical students and reduce exhaustion. “Every year, Canada spends $213 million due to physician burnout,” said UAlberta assistant professor Oksana Babenko. “We can’t afford that, so the question is, what can we be doing in school to help prepare medical students earlier on?” In particular, the research pointed to the benefits of attitudes and activities that fostered a ‘mastery goal approach’ and encouraged self-compassion. UAlberta