Physicians are repeatedly exposed to patient suffering and death, which can be overwhelming. Their job is extremely difficult, and is probably even more difficult during the period of 'in-house training' that immediately follows the completion of medical school. Various terms exist internationally for such post-medical school training and include medical 'residents' (e.g. the USA), 'interns' (e.g. Australia) and 'house officers' (e.g. the UK). This particular period of medical training seems to impose two pressures on such trainees: pressure to succeed and fear of error, and/or reprisal.