In the Dutch Journal of Medicine, Conijn, Boersma and Van Rhenen present alarming statistics on the prevalence of burnout among medical students. Everyone in the field of medicine should take these findings seriously. Doctors who suffer from burnout early in their career are a hazard within the health care system. In order to tackle burnout among students it will not suffice to only focus on factors within the hospital. The societal context of the ‘Achievement Generation’ is of equal importance.
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