Tuesday, March 1, 2016
17% of medical residents fear public speaking
The Journal of Graduate Medical Education has a section titled To the Editor: Observations. The February 1, 2016 issue had a brief article there by Vickram Tejwani, Duc Ha, and Carlos Isada titled Public speaking anxiety in graduate medical education - A matter of interpersonal and communication skills. You can also download a one-page .pdf file.
They reported results from a survey done between November 2012 and December 2013. 18 of 107 residents (or approximately 17%) had symptoms of anxiety when speaking in front of others. That’s a bit lower than the 21.2% for U.S. adults reported in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication, as I discussed last August in a post titled There’s really no mystery about how common stage fright is.
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