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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.

Celebrating National Mental Health Awareness Month in May

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The Future of the Mental Health Awareness Task Force

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Mental Health Awareness Task Force (MHATF) convened on May 10 to discuss future campaigns and action. Calli Shardein, OMS-III and COSGP National 2nd Vice Chair, summarized the meeting:

“This past Wednesday I attended a meeting with the regional coordinating student ambassadors for the Mental Health Awareness Task Force. During the meeting, I was introduced to the students that have worked diligently the last year to promote mental health awareness for medical students and to challenge the stigma surrounding mental illness affecting medical professionals. In celebration of National Mental Health Month, the ambassadors intend to roll out a social media awareness campaign focusing on the power each student has to make a positive and impactful change and to empower students by letting their own stories be heard. Over the last year, the regional ambassadors have worked with students from each of the osteopathic colleges to accumulate a list of “best practices” of mental wellness occurring at their respective campuses. Once compiled, we hope to have the ability to disseminate the information to give access to campuses across the nation.

In the next year, we hope to inspire greater engagement with medical students and encourage more outreach campaigns both through social media and at a local level at our respective schools. The regional ambassadors are also planning an in-person meeting during the upcoming year and intend to work more closely with the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents and the Student Osteopathic Medical Association.

I am thrilled to join this team of innovative students and look forward to a productive year of empowerment and positive change.”

Osteopathic Students Take Action to Raise Awareness of Mental Health and Well-Being

oms day of wellness-crop-bannerAACOM’s Council of Student Government Presidents (COSGP) and the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) created the Mental Health Awareness Task Force in February of 2016 in order to promote emotional and psychological well-being among health care professionals. Osteopathic medical students (OMS) have since raised awareness of the 400 physicians that commit suicide each year with the Save400 campaign, spearheaded a landmark survey of DO student mental well-being, and led two successful OMS Day of Wellness.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Risky Business - May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health America (MHA) has observed Mental Health Awareness Month in May since 1949. The advocacy campaign has since grown to reach millions of people through media, local events, and screenings. The educational topic of MHA for 2017 is “Risky Business.” Watch MHA’s 2017 video to discover what you can do for Mental Health Month.
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Celebrating National Mental Health Awareness Month in May

MHAT COSGP SOMA GRAPHIC
The Future of the Mental Health Awareness Task Force

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Mental Health Awareness Task Force (MHATF) convened on May 10 to discuss future campaigns and action. Calli Shardein, OMS-III and COSGP National 2nd Vice Chair, summarized the meeting:

“This past Wednesday I attended a meeting with the regional coordinating student ambassadors for the Mental Health Awareness Task Force. During the meeting, I was introduced to the students that have worked diligently the last year to promote mental health awareness for medical students and to challenge the stigma surrounding mental illness affecting medical professionals. In celebration of National Mental Health Month, the ambassadors intend to roll out a social media awareness campaign focusing on the power each student has to make a positive and impactful change and to empower students by letting their own stories be heard. Over the last year, the regional ambassadors have worked with students from each of the osteopathic colleges to accumulate a list of “best practices” of mental wellness occurring at their respective campuses. Once compiled, we hope to have the ability to disseminate the information to give access to campuses across the nation.

In the next year, we hope to inspire greater engagement with medical students and encourage more outreach campaigns both through social media and at a local level at our respective schools. The regional ambassadors are also planning an in-person meeting during the upcoming year and intend to work more closely with the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents and the Student Osteopathic Medical Association.

I am thrilled to join this team of innovative students and look forward to a productive year of empowerment and positive change.”

Osteopathic Students Take Action to Raise Awareness of Mental Health and Well-Being

oms day of wellness-crop-bannerAACOM’s Council of Student Government Presidents (COSGP) and the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) created the Mental Health Awareness Task Force in February of 2016 in order to promote emotional and psychological well-being among health care professionals. Osteopathic medical students (OMS) have since raised awareness of the 400 physicians that commit suicide each year with the Save400 campaign, spearheaded a landmark survey of DO student mental well-being, and led two successful OMS Day of Wellness.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Risky Business - May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health America (MHA) has observed Mental Health Awareness Month in May since 1949. The advocacy campaign has since grown to reach millions of people through media, local events, and screenings. The educational topic of MHA for 2017 is “Risky Business.” Watch MHA’s 2017 video to discover what you can do for Mental Health Month.

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