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DO Student Initiative Promotes Culture of Wellness

February 08, 2017

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.

Luke J. King, OMS-III
National Global Health Representative, COSGP