How medical education creates its own patients

It has been a while – in December 2015 – that the renowned Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has published a systematic review and meta-analysis on the prevalence of depression and depressive symptoms among medical residents (Mata et al., JAMA 2015; 314: 2373-2383). I was already aware of this article, but would like to take the opportunity of a recent communication I had with a medical student whose mentor I am as part of a mentoring program at the Aachen Medical Faculty, to report on this paper. The results of the first analysis were also confirmed by a similar study in medical students, published more recently also in JAMA by the same group (Rotenstein et al., JAMA 2016; 316: 2214-2236).

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Is psychiatry on the right track? A statement from Tom Insel

In 2015, the news that Tom Insel, the then director of the American National Institute of Mental Health, leaves the agency and moves to Google, has triggered considerable discussions not only among American psychiatrists, but also internationally. After only 1 ½ years at Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences, a branch of Google, now Alphabet, which has committed itself to the overcoming of the most common diseases) Insel leaves the company now and moves to the Californian startup Mindstrong.
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Are antidepressants effective in children and adolescents with depression?

An important controversy has been raised by a recent high-profile meta-analysis, which has focused on the effectiveness of antidepressants in children and adolescents with depression. This meta-analysis is now critically discussed in a recent overview. The two articles – and the accompanying editorials – come to very different conclusions, which leave the clinician at first helpless.

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