REVIEW – December 2003

Women in medicine: stresses and solutions


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More women than ever are choosing medicine as a career. The stresses for women physicians come from their work environment, their home life, and the role strain they experience as they struggle to balance these competing demands. The end result of this stress over time is burnout, which can lead to serious physical and emotional problems. Women physicians can do many things to actively address their level of stress, successfully manage it, and thrive in their careers.