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Mental Health Awareness in Osteopathic Medical Education

Osteopathic Medical Student Task Force
Checks Its Peers’ Mental Health Vital Signs

Groundbreaking survey explores mental health wellness among future DOs. Read release


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e applaud the Mental Health Awareness Task Force (MHATF) survey, a project of the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP), the largest survey of its kind ever conducted.

For the first time, a study is focusing specifically on the mental wellness of DO students. The results were presented at AACOM's 2016 Annual Conference, where thought leaders from across the osteopathic medical education (OME) spectrum were brought together to discuss topics, including mental health among medical students.

With more than 10,000 responses collected from students at colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) nationwide, the survey is a groundbreaking step toward addressing mental wellness among future DOs.

AACOM remains committed to listening to the students, who led this milestone effort, and we encourage active student involvement to improve the public health of future physicians. We've seen first-hand how mental health issues powerfully impact medical students and the patients they serve.

We look forward to collaborating with others in the OME community to reduce the stigma associated with mental health challenges, support future research every step of the way, provide data that COMs can use to help students, and develop resources at the campus level that empower the DO student body.

Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH
President and CEO, AACOM

AACOM in Action

Read AACOM's position statement on mental health in medical education.

DO Student Initiative Promotes Culture of Wellness

In 2016, AACOM’s Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) conducted a landmark survey to take a snapshot of DO student mental health. Since then, students have been coming together to promote mental health across the osteopathic medical education (OME) continuum.

In support of this effort, COSGP's Mental Health Awareness Task Force (MHATF) launched the first OMS Day of Wellness last year as an initiative to openly discuss awareness of medical student mental health. Thirty-three colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) across the country participated in events dedicated to osteopathic medical student well-being.

Join the mental health movement by celebrating the Second Annual OMS Day of Wellness on February 10, 2017.

EDUCATE. Statistics show that a significant percentage of medical students have felt burned out, depressed, and may have had suicidal thoughts throughout their time in medical school or residency, often continuing into their careers as health care providers. In fact, some reports show that almost 400,000 physicians report burnout, and the number of annual physician suicides has climbed to nearly 400.

SHARE. In light of these stark statistics, medical students are joining forces to encourage a culture of mental, physical, and spiritual health, and share stories of their own mental health in an effort to eliminate the stigma around mental illness.

INSPIRE. AACOM encourages the OME community to engage in this year’s national event: 

  • Does your campus plan a wellness day or week? Reach out to your student leaders to unite efforts.
  • Connect with @cosgp_mhatf and your peers on social media—inspire others to get involved by sharing your plans to celebrate OMS Day of Wellness.
  • Spark conversation and share resources to promote wellness.

If you’d like to get involved in OMS Day of Wellness, COSGP has asked that you speak with your SGA and Student Affairs administrators to learn more about the wellness initiatives at your school, plan an activity, or participate in an event on your campus. COSGP is also available to facilitate the process by providing tools, resources, and promotional materials.

Contact
Luke J. King, OMS-III
National Global Health Representative, COSGP
COSGPGlobalhealth@aacom.org

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DO Student Initiative Promotes Culture of Wellness

In 2016, AACOM’s Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) conducted a landmark survey to take a snapshot of DO student mental health. Since then, students have been coming together to promote mental health across the osteopathic medical education (OME) continuum.

In support of this effort, COSGP's Mental Health Awareness Task Force (MHATF) launched the first OMS Day of Wellness last year as an initiative to openly discuss awareness of medical student mental health. Thirty-three colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) across the country participated in events dedicated to osteopathic medical student well-being.

Join the mental health movement by celebrating the Second Annual OMS Day of Wellness on February 10, 2017.

EDUCATE. Statistics show that a significant percentage of medical students have felt burned out, depressed, and may have had suicidal thoughts throughout their time in medical school or residency, often continuing into their careers as health care providers. In fact, some reports show that almost 400,000 physicians report burnout, and the number of annual physician suicides has climbed to nearly 400.

SHARE. In light of these stark statistics, medical students are joining forces to encourage a culture of mental, physical, and spiritual health, and share stories of their own mental health in an effort to eliminate the stigma around mental illness.

INSPIRE. AACOM encourages the OME community to engage in this year’s national event: 

  • Does your campus plan a wellness day or week? Reach out to your student leaders to unite efforts.
  • Connect with @cosgp_mhatf and your peers on social media—inspire others to get involved by sharing your plans to celebrate OMS Day of Wellness.
  • Spark conversation and share resources to promote wellness.

If you’d like to get involved in OMS Day of Wellness, COSGP has asked that you speak with your SGA and Student Affairs administrators to learn more about the wellness initiatives at your school, plan an activity, or participate in an event on your campus. COSGP is also available to facilitate the process by providing tools, resources, and promotional materials.

Contact
Luke J. King, OMS-III
National Global Health Representative, COSGP
COSGPGlobalhealth@aacom.org


Resilience

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Inner Strength: Osteopathic Medical Students Reflect on Resiliency

A collection of essays by DO students detailing moments of struggle along the journey to becoming a physician. This new book was written by the 2016 Student DO of the Year awardees from each of the nation’s COMs.



Nearly half of all physicians are burned out and almost 50% of medical students surveyed report experiencing burnout.


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Each year in the United States, an estimated 400 physicians take their own lives, a rate that is higher than most other professions.


Suicide Prevention Awareness


Nation's COMs Take Initiative

Questions?

COSGP Mental Health Awareness Task Force Coordinator:
Calli Schardein
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
COSGPMentalHealth@gmail.com