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This proposal advocates for implementing mandatory mindfulness and stress reduction training sessions for surgical students at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). It is well-documented that medical students, particularly those in surgical disciplines, experience high levels of stress, which can negatively impact their mental health, academic performance and overall well-being. Mindfulness-based interventions have shown promise in reducing stress and enhancing resilience among medical students. By integrating mindfulness training into the surgical curriculum, PCOM aims to equip students with essential coping skills to effectively manage stress, thereby promoting their mental health and academic success. This handout serves to accompany the poster of the same title, and provides a comprehensive overview of the importance of such training, supported by recent empirical evidence (see Appendix B for poster). Due to lack of evidence of research regarding this topic, specific to surgical students, introducing a course or more information into the curriculum, will also allow for PCOM to introduce empirical data to support the need for this initiative at all medical schools. The poster outlines the proposed curriculum along with its anticipated benefits. The integration of mindfulness and stress reduction training into the curriculum at PCOM Medical is crucial for addressing the significant stressors and mental health challenges faced by surgical students. By introducing conscious self-care and mindfulness techniques early in their training and career, surgical students can develop coping mechanisms to navigate the demanding environment of medical school & practice, ultimately promoting their well-being and resilience as future surgeons.

Keywords: Medical students, Stress-reduction, Mindfulness

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Christine Hober



Submission Type

online only poster




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