Wellbeing

Well-being is a life-long journey

 

 

 

To help guide that journey, the University of Michigan is building a culture of well-being, where you can embrace the concept that success in life goes beyond the classroom and careers.

 Through this holistic approach, you can gain a broader understanding of well-being that is directly connected and relevant to your life, both now and in the future.

 Please explore the dimensions of well-being below, plus resources, campus events and stress-relieving videos that can help you take a break when you need one!

 A resource of University Health Service and Student Life.

AAMC Medical Student Wellbeing resources

Wellbeing Canvas site

Wellness Coaching: Optimizing Wellness for Student Success

Medical Student Well-being Steering Committee                    

Our "Why" To create and foster well-being in undergraduate medical education at the University of Michigan, because we all strive to be at our best as we serve our patients and support each other.

 
Committee Members:  Heather Burrows, M.D.,  Jennifer Imsande, Ph.D., Kendra Lutes, Nadine Ibrahim, Gic-Owens Fiestan
Workgroups:  Purpose/Charge 
 
Interpersonal and Individual Commitments          
This workgroup will be involved in identifying and promoting activities for students to develop personal skills in well-being and resilience as they anticipate and respond to the challenges of physician work. This will include promoting self-care (sleep hygiene, physical activity, nutrition) and promotion of mental health care, as well as life skills (financial well-being, basic life skills, family cohesion) and professional identity development (restoring meaning and relevance as well as opportunities for career and professional reflection)                 

Societal Commitments and Culture
This workgroup creates opportunities to demonstrate the value of well-being within our medical school culture through the development of venues for sharing stores of vulnerability and resiliency throughout all phases of the curriculum. There are also opportunities to build skills around critical conversations and mutual support. This workgroup will also be engaged in creating a process for publically rewarding and supporting empowered students who make a difference in wellbeing

System Wide Approaches
This workgroup provides an opportunity to engage with diverse group of collaborators (including academic and doctoring faculty, leadership, inter-professional teams, students, peer support programs, and other representatives) with the goal of promoting enriching partnerships between the students and the community that surrounds them.  This workgroup will draw from these varying and unique perspectives to build programs and promote policies that support students through future and existing initiatives.

This workgroup will also review the structure and pace of the educational program (especially the scientific and clinical trunks) as well as the policies that govern grading, assessment, feedback, evaluation, remediation, and work hours. Through careful review of educational structures and policies, the systems-wide approaches workgroup is positioned to advocate for ways to incorporate student wellness into decisions that impact the design and function of the medical school

Data/Scholarship
This workgroup will serve as the scholarly arm of the wellness initiative. It will be primarily responsible for collecting and analyzing UMMS data, reviewing existing literature related to wellness, and strategic communication about Michigan’s wellbeing initiatives. This workgroup will lead journal clubs focusing on important published literature in the field, as well as spearhead review and publication of research based on the initiative. Ultimately, the goal of the workgroup is to contribute to continual improvement of student wellness initiatives using evidence-based and proven approaches.