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Many medical schools have initiated wellness programs in response to rampant student stress; however, some argue that these programs place the onus of recovery on each and every student rather than address underlying, systemic causes of widespread depression and anxiety. How necessary is it to require students to sink or swim in a cut-throat environment? Will shifting the burden of the stress to M3 year better prepare students for residency, or do we risk even higher physician burnout? What do you believe is the appropriate balance between a high stress environment and thorough training? What might you recommend to your close friends and family members who find themselves not cut out for the stress of M3 without the reassurance of a high Step 1 numerical score?