Well-Being: Longitudinal, Iterative, and Individualized

Medical students are, almost by definition, resilient and flexible with a tremendous capacity to confront the unknown. The rigors of training, however, require a thoughtful and intentional approach to well-being. The University of Michigan is broadly committed to a culture of well-being, a mandate that the Medical School aims to uphold. We strive for well-being and wellness to be integrated into all institutional units across the Medical School, including our pre-clinical curriculum and clinical experiences.  Both structural and programmatic approaches are used to foster a culture of, and opportunities for, wellness.

Medical School Resources

University-wide Resources 

Student Life: Well-Being portal and toolkits     
Well-Being Resource List (including food assistance, ombudsman, and more)     
Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness (24-hour crisis line 734-936-3333)     
University Health Services (UHS)     
Wolverine Wellness (confidential 734-763-1320), Wellness Coaching     

Resources for Student Researchers and Program Development 

Medical Well-Being Steering Committee

 Approach: We take an intentional and proactive approach to well-being, thoughtfully working towards aligning institutional values and priorities with student needs and their experience in training. We are committed to being accountable, transparent, and collaborative with our entire medical community. We recognize wellbeing is connected to many facets of our students' lives, including their varied backgrounds and diverse life experiences. We work to integrate this into our efforts.

 2021-22 Initiatives: In addition to supporting existing initiatives led by our student group and OMSE partners, the committee will focus this year on:

(1) Developing a “stressors map” of the curriculum so that we can better understand areas of strength and growth;
(2) Conducting an equity analysis of existing mental health data to ensure we are meeting the needs of marginalized and under-represented communities
(3) Developing mechanisms to consult with students conducting wellbeing research and programing.

 Feedback & Collaboration: Existing feedback channels through partners such as Student Diversity Council and Student Council will remain. Relevant concerns will then be brought to the Steering Committee.

 Members: Yoni Siden (M4 chair), TBD (M1 chair), Claire Collins (founding member), Dr. Deb Berman (Interim Assistant Dean of Admissions), Jen Imsande (M-Home Director), Colleen McChesney (M-Home Projects & Events Coordinator), and representatives from Peer Support Advocates, the Medical Student Mental Health program, Student Diversity Council, M-Home, and Student Council

Track our progress using the Continuous Quality Improvement web portal!