"I just didn’t have any idea how severely burnout can affect the body"

This junior doctor went from working in her dream profession to spending six weeks in hospital recovering from severe exhaustion.

When Yumiko went into medicine she had dreams of becoming a plastic surgeon.

But her dreams were quickly dashed after she started working as a plastic surgery registrar at a Sydney hospital.

The junior doctor quickly realised the environment she found herself in was not sustainable.

“I was doing on-call 10 out of 14 days, which means I was on for 24 hours each day,” she told Insight.

“It was both psychically and mentally demanding.”

Eventually the demands started taking a toll - both mentally and physically.


You can read the full version of this story in English on SBS Insight 

1 min read
Published 9 August 2019 at 11:43am
By Gemma Wilson
Presented by Tinrawat Banyat
Source: SBS Insight