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Bringing Resilience to the Medial School Classroom
An interesting read for those entering medical school. This article outlines how Saint Louis University School of Medicine studied mental health issues among their students and how a change in their curriculum helped improve student mental health.
"For years, Stuart Slavin, MD, MEd, had worked hard to create a supportive environment for medical students at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. And early feedback seemed to suggest students were happy. Then, in 2008, Slavin and colleagues surveyed students using specific mental health indicators.They found that depression and anxiety among Saint Louis students mirrored the troubling nationwide trends that suggest medical students are experiencing depression at significantly higher rates than similarly aged people in the general population. In response, Slavin, associate dean for curriculum at Saint Louis, looked into how the curriculum and its demands were having a negative effect on students’ mental health. The inquiry led to major curriculum changes and a dramatic improvement in student mental health."