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Med students aren’t under too much stress, Quebec health minister says

Montreal Gazette

QUEBEC

After the suicide of a 27-year-old medical resident less than two weeks ago raised concerns about working conditions for doctors-in-training, Health Minister Gaétan Barrette said med students in Quebec aren’t under too much stress.

“The pressure today is much less than it was, say, 15 years ago,” he said. “It’s much, much, much more accommodating than it was in my time.”

Barrette said medical students aren’t at any greater risk of depression and suicide than the general public. “This is a situation that many, many people unfortunately experience in their life, especially, I would say, in their youth,” he said.

On Nov. 15, Émilie Marchand, a medical resident at Notre-Dame Hospital who had recently taken time off work for depression, didn’t show up for work when she was on call. Two days, later she was found dead in her car after committing suicide, La Presse reported.

In a letter, a co-worker of Marchand’s, Étienne…

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