Medical Student Syndrome is a common problem for students. In 1998 Howes and Salkovskis noted that “medical students frequently develop fears and symptoms of illness. This has been termed medical student’s disease, nosophobia, hypochondriasis of medical students, and medicalstudentitis.” They cited older studies which concluded that 70% of med students have ‘groundless medical fears’ during their training, and that 78% had a history of medical student disease. They surveyed students at Oxford University and found that medical students were less aware of bodily sensations or changes and experienced a lower perception of the risk of illness. They also were more likely to think that treatment for their illnesses would be effective.
Nevertheless, medical student syndrome is something that students do experience. We got together with a group of students to talk about their own health anxieties.
Listen: Medical Student Syndrome