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.
View Our Wellness Resources: Yoga, Breathing, & Mindfulness Exercises
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.
Wellness & Student Life in the On Call Blog
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
- The Design Principles for Healthcare Renewal
- Weil Foundation: Transforming Healthcare
- IOM, Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public: A Summary of the February 2009 Summit.
- IOM, Committee on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the American Public Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in the United States
- Integrator Guide: Sections on CAM and Integrative Health in the Affordable Care Act-HR 3590
- Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care
- Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine
- American College for Advancement in Medicine
- NCCIH multimedia resources
- American College of Preventive Medicine
- American College of Lifestyle Medicine