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The Relationship Between Spirituality And Burnout Among Medical Students, Amy B. Wachholtz, Mai-Lan A. Rogoff Jan 2013

The Relationship Between Spirituality And Burnout Among Medical Students, Amy B. Wachholtz, Mai-Lan A. Rogoff

Psychiatry Publications

Medical student burnout has been associated with depression, loss of empathy, and suicidal ideation. Spirituality has been identified in previous studies as a protective factor in coping with the stress but has not been examined as a factor in medical student burnout. An internet link to an anonymous survey was sent via email to medical students at a public northeastern medical school; 259/469 (55.2%) completed it. The survey included measures of spirituality, burnout, psychological distress, coping, and general happiness. A Pearson-r correlation showed significant inverse correlations between measures of spirituality and measures of psychological distress/burnout (r's ...


Bioethics Of Xenotransplantation: Three Religious Perspectives, Amy B. Wachholtz Jan 2000

Bioethics Of Xenotransplantation: Three Religious Perspectives, Amy B. Wachholtz

Psychiatry Publications

The recent explosion of biotechnology has raised many ethical and religious questions among faith communities. Many of these faith communities are attempting to balance modern technology and historical religion. Using xenotransplantation as a case study, the transplantation of genetically engineered animal organs into human beings, this article follows three major religious traditions through the discernment process of how to deal faithfully with this new technology. In addition, the role of the biotechnology industry and the pressures that researchers face are also explored in the context of investigating how to effectively integrate science and religion into future bioethical discussions.