LEVEL OF STRESS AND ITS SOURCES AMONG MEDICAL STUDENTS OF GMC GONDIA: A CROSS SECTIONAL STUDY
Dr. Alka Kaware, Dr. Subhash Thakre, *Dr. Hemant Adikane and Dr. Sayali Kalme
Introduction: It is well documented in previously conducted studies that higher education is very stressful and medical education is even more stressful as compared to other professional students. In India, getting into the medical school is considered to be very prestigious, but the accompanying challenges of being in medical school are largely overlooked. Early identification and necessary interventions targeting the alleviation of modifiable stressors might result in a less stressful academic life for students, which in turn could enhance their academic performance and skill development as medical graduates. Material & methods: Present study was conducted in Government Medical College, Gondia during Nov 2017 to Jan 2018. To collect the data, medical students‟ stress questionnaire (MSSQ) was used. Results: In our study, first year study subjects were 98 (52.13%) while 90 (47.87%) were studying in second year. Majority of study subjects 129 (68.62%) were in the age group of 19-20 years. Out 6 domains academic related stress was found to be highest (1.85 + 0.71). Males and Ist year study subjects showed more stress as compared to their counterpart. Conclusion: A significant number of study subjects in our setting suffer from moderate level of stress. Academic related stressor was the source of stress and thus most often contributed to overall stress scores.
Keywords: Medical student stressor questionnaire (MSSQ), Medical students, Stress.
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