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CommonHealth: Graduating Medical School? Get a Therapist.04:52

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Mental health disorders during medical residency are more like the rule than the exception. One study found that 26 percent of graduates were depressed during their following medical internships. That was the experience of Dr. Elisabeth Poorman, a primary care physician in Everett. Poorman believes what all medical school graduates need is a therapist.

"You are your most important patient because we need you to be healthy. We need you to take care of America’s sick. We need you to fight for them. We need you to demand that our dysfunctional and broken system does better. And you cannot do that if it breaks you first," Poorman said.


Carey Goldberg, host of WBUR's CommonHealth, which tweets @commonhealth.

This segment aired on May 22, 2017.


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