ABOUT THE STUDY
The Intern Health Study is an NIH-funded longitudinal cohort study that assesses stress and mood in medical interns at institutions around the US and China, enrolling over 3000 new interns each year. We are hopeful that data collected in this study will further understanding of the psychological, genetic, and program factors involved in the development of depression under stress, and make a real change in the residency experience.
SURVEYS: Participants will complete an initial survey and short follow-up surveys through the Intern Health App. Surveys will contain questions pertaining to personality traits, stressful life events, and psychological symptoms.
DAILY MOOD: Participants will receive notifications on their iPhone prompting them to rate their daily mood on a scale of 1 to 10.
FITBIT (US only): Participants will regularly wear a Fitbit for the purpose of measuring daily activity and sleep. Steps, sleep, and mood data for the past week, month, and year will display in the app, as well as predicted fatigue over the next 24 hours and how "shifted" your circadian clock is from average.
DNA (US only): Because we are interested in the relationship between psychological, environmental, and genetic factors, participants will also be asked to submit a salivary DNA sample via postal mail.
We have designed this study to ensure complete security and confidentiality of the information participants provide.
If you will be beginning your medical internship in Summer 2019, you are eligible for our study!
The Intern Health App is now available for iOS and Android phones.
1) Download the Intern Health Study App and enter the unique 6-digit access code provided to you. If you have not received an invitation, but meet our eligibility requirements, please email us to request an access code.
2) Follow the prompts to review the consent information, configure your App settings, and complete the initial survey and mood rating.
3) Keep an eye out for notifications to submit your mood rating (daily) and follow-up surveys (every 3 months). You will receive your Fitbit and salivary DNA kit in the mail within 2-4 weeks (US only).