Doctors in Difficulty
Doctors taking high-pressure exams like MRCOG are likely to experience additional emotional and psychological stresses. Taking this high-intensity exam whilst having the responsibilities of full-time jobs, family commitments and social life can result in cumulating stress. Understandably, they are at risk of burnout and depression. At BeMRCOG, we care and offer a holistic approach and improve the quality of your experience with us. Our ‘Doctors in Difficulty’ (DiD) service is aimed to help our students deal with stress, time management, depression, and anxiety by offering professional counselling services.
The DiD consultations are especially focused to help ‘doctors in difficulty’ and has helped in identifying undiagnosed anxiety disorders, clinical depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and many other such conditions. Addressing these issues has not only improved their quality of life but also resulted in exam success.
Recent research has shown that 8 out of 10 doctors have mental health conditions with a leading diagnosis of depression and stress disorders. Stress is a feature of everyday life and individuals vary in their resilience to stress. General risk of PTSD after an abnormally stressful situation is said to occur in 3.3% of women and 2.6% of men. It can ,however, be higher in first-responder professions e.g. police, paramedics and doctors. Recognition and acceptance of PTSD is often a challenge and in doctors, one of the symptoms can be recurring exam failures. These apparently irrelevant symptoms could be a sign of needing help.
Aside from mental health problems, doctors are also vulnerable to encounter bullying at the workplace. This can lead to adverse and drastic implications on a student’s performance in the MRCOG exams. Our DiD service can mitigate coping with these situations.
In order to be able to avail this service, you should have at least subscribed to one of our courses or workshops.
A student enrolled on any supervised courses at BeMRCOG has regular meetings with their course mentor who explores their social, emotional and psychological ability to cope with the stress of the exam. If signs and symptoms are felt to be significant, it is suggested the student consider having a consultation with the psychologist. If they to avail this opportunity, an appointment is organised with a therapist.
Every student is offered an initial 20-minute screening session free of charge. At the end of this assessment, an agreement is made between the therapist and the student.
The subsequent therapy sessions comprise of either a 30 or 60-minute consultation. These sessions are designed to accommodate the student’s needs. The number of sessions varies accordingly.