Almost one-third of medical students are affected by depression, but only a small percentage of those students seek treatment.
In an effort to promote mental health among its students, The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine recently hosted its second annual Student Wellness Week. The events and activities were designed to encourage health, wellness and stress relief as well as break the stigma of seeking help.
Activities included a pet therapy session, yoga class, quiz competition, healthy cooking demonstration and an event that encouraged participants to try out playing a new musical instrument.
Margaretta Gergen, OMS II, the current chair of the Student Wellness Academic Transition Team says events like Student Wellness Week can serve as reminders for medical students to take care of their personal health.
“School can get very overwhelming,” said Gergen. “Little things like petting an animal can be a good reminder for students to take a step back and take care of themselves.”