What is the Wellness & Student Life Action Committee?

The Wellness & Student Life (WSL) Action Committee is dedicated to both trainee wellness and patient wellness through the development of patient-centered care and of supportive educational environments. These goals require an emphasis on patient-centered care over physician-centered care, especially as that care pertains to integrative/complementary/alternative medicine. The WSL committee also advocates for and supports the need for trainees to have regular access to medical humanities to foster healing through understanding, community, creativity, personal reflection, and a connection with humanity.

Our Goals & Getting Engaged

Student Wellness: Define and implement research to determine and address unmet medical and premedical student needs in their educational experiences as it relates to physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being.
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Humanism in Medicine: Extend opportunities to physicians-in-training in the development of lifestyles that counter the deleterious effects of stress through creative expression, self-care, balance and holistic goals for personal growth and professional development.

Student Support: Provide student wellness resources that will allow physicians-in-training access to information for their personal growth and well-being. Offering creative outlets where physicians-in-training can express and reflect on their experiences in academic environments, working on the wards and/or engaging in community service.

Student Debt: Advocate for the affordability of medical education and reducing student debt through legislative action and education, as evidenced by legislative changes, favorable debt repayment plans for residents, and increased transparency in medical education tuition costs.

Incarceration during the COVID-19 pandemic, a potential mental health crisis

Author: Conor Burke-Smith, second-year medical student, Iowa This post is a series of mental health pieces from the AMSA WSL Committee   Much has been written […]

COVID-19: The Emergence of a Global Mental Health Crisis during a Pandemic

Authors: AMSA Wellness and Student Life Action Committee, 2020-2021 Mental Health is Vital Mental health is a vital component of our overall health. The WHO defines […]

AMSA’s response to USMLE scoring change recommendations

The Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring (InCUS) recently allowed public statements from medical students in regards to the potential USMLE Step 1 score change. The USMLE […]

Have trouble relaxing?

By: Ellen Pappas “I want to be a doctor because I want to help people.” A sentence that comes out of countless medical students’ mouths looking […]

Don’t let test anxiety get to you

As if medical school is not hard enough on you, add test anxiety to that and you can have a meltdown. Although it is completely normal […]

Why is depression so prevalent in medical school?

If you’re a medical student and you feel depressed, you are definitely not alone. As many as one-third of medical students have some form of depression. […]

Ways to cope with anxiety during medical school

Medical school is a hard journey, but one that is rewarding. However, there are many obstacles you must face in order to graduate – years of […]

Anxious About Med School? Addressing the Anxiety of Med Students

Let’s face it, college students have a lot to worry about but medical students have it even worse. Not only do you have to worry about […]

Dealing with trauma daily: First responders need help too

Those who find themselves in situations like the Las Vegas shooting or other traumatic situations will need extensive therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But, what […]

Yoga to Try It: How Yoga Stretched My Mind and Body

By: Sabrina Wang As a pre-med student, life gets pretty hectic. Between juggling classes, studying for exams, student orgs, volunteering, working, research, and finding time with […]

10 Cardinal Rules for Surviving the First Year

By: Timothy Dixon So you’re starting your journey to medical school. Congrats! I am certain there’s quite the cocktail of emotions stirring inside of you comprised […]

Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Medical School

When you decided that you wanted to go to medical school, you probably didn’t think it would be so “dangerous.” Not just physically dangerous, but mentally […]

Acupuncture and Popularity of Integrative Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practices Today

By: Coco Victoria Gomez Tirambulo Happy Wellness Wednesday, everyone! I recently watched a documentary called The Gut: Our Second Brain on Amazon Prime Video. It was released […]

Wellness Wednesday: Romance in Medical School

  Dearest Reader, Roses are Red Violets are Blue Med school is tough But so are you! -Cupid, MS1   Considering that Valentine’s Day is around […]

Wellness Wednesday: Time Management

Of all the skills and knowledge people say you need to be successful in medical school, I believe the most important is time management. Now that […]

Stress-Based Overeating

Happy post Turkey Day, fellow medical and pre-medical students! Have you ever struggled with overeating due to school or life-related stress? I reached out to Katie […]

Culinary Medicine

While working as a medical scribe for primary care physicians in a mainly integrative medicine clinic, almost 80% of the visit notes include a diagnosis of […]

A Look at Thalassotherapy

Two summers ago I studied abroad in Germany and Austria to learn about the history of medicine in Europe through a Texas A&M University faculty-led program. […]

Apps Recommended by First-Year Medical Students

I am about two months into my first year of medical school at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and it’s been going, to say the […]

Wellness Wednesday: Standing in Solidarity to Prevent Physician Suicide

“The United States loses the equivalent of one small medical school or a large medical school class to suicide each year.”1 Fellow medical and pre-medical students, […]

A Look at Homeopathy: Past and Present

Two summers ago I studied abroad in Germany and Austria to learn about the history of medicine in Europe through a Texas A&M University faculty-led program. […]

Alternative Treatment Options to Opioids

By Autumn Pace Last week Monday started as any normal Monday would – lots of coffee and a long traffic-filled commute to work before I finally […]

Knowing Your Personality Traits Can Help You Succeed In Medicine

By Kelsey Lyon, OMS II During my first week of medical school we were administered the results of the Myers-Briggs personality survey that we were asked […]

Mental Health for the Medical Student

By Kelsey Lyon, OMS II Saturday, October 10, 2015 is World Mental Health Day. As medical students, it is important that we address and maintain not […]

Handling Stress During the School Year

By Kelsey Lyon, OMS II School is back in session and we all know what that means! It means back to being in class everyday, doing […]

Staying Sane: Addressing the Growing Concern of Mental Health in Medical Students

By: Cheri Dijamco, MS4 at UT School of Medicine at San Antonio Social Media Coordinator, Grassroots Organizing Action Committee It is well­ known that suicide rates […]

Make the Most of Your Summer

By: Kelsey Lyon The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and SCHOOL IS OUT FOR THE SUMMER! We are in the midst of the best […]

The Seven Dimensions of Wellness

By Kelsey Lyon, OMS II When we think of wellness it is easy to get caught up on the dimensions of wellness that are largely emphasized in […]

Healthy exercises to start the year

Tracy Lee, OMS II A.T. Still University-SOMA Wellness Coordinator AMSA Trainee Wellness and Professionalism Committee As promised in my last post, I will give a variety […]

Surviving Pre-med: When Work-Life Balance Matters Most

AMSA and national partner Kaplan have teamed up for a blog series featuring AMSA leadership from across the country. We are calling this series The Premed […]

Other resources/ Additional Information

Committee Leadership

Thomas Pak
Advocacy Coordinator
Brooke Olson
Programming Coordinator
Priscila Hernandez