Residents in Family Practice

Psychosocial Support
  • Jolene K. Berg
  • Judith Garrard


Residency training, because of its intensive time and energy demands, affects many aspects of residents’ lives. A survey of house staff at Stanford University School of Medicine reveals that residency training frequently has negative consequences for residents and their families. A large portion of the residents surveyed resent training demands on their families (94%), worry about relationships’ ending due to training (49%), and report that they have inadequate physical exercise (68%), no time for personal reflection (59%), and worsening sex lives (49%). Furthermore, many feel powerless to influence their training experience (87%), reporting that faculty are not available to give support (53%) or to serve as advocates (49%).1 Nelson and Henry’s survey to assess the problems of family practice residents reinforces the above findings: residency frequently conflicts with residents’ personal needs for leisure and socializing and with their responsibilities to spouse, children, and household.2


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jolene K. Berg
    • 1
  • Judith Garrard
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Family Practice and Community Health, St. John’s HospitalUniversity of Minnesota Medical SchoolMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Minnesota Medical SchoolMinneapolisUSA

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