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Osteopathic medical students share burnout prevention strategies

When discussing ways to prevent burnout, medical students emphasized the importance of maintaining a life outside of medicine.


Burnout is an increasingly important issue in the field of medicine: studies have found that nearly half of all physicians are burned out, and nearly 50% of medical students report symptoms of burnout.

In the following video, five osteopathic medical students share their strategies for preventing medical student burnout.

Medical student burnout: Osteopathic medical students discuss how they prevent burnout.

The students emphasized the importance of:

  • Maintaining a life outside of medicine.
  • Participating in extracurricular activities.
  • Pausing daily to remember one’s priorities and passions.

“As a medical student, one of my main strategies for preventing burnout has been staying involved in extracurricular activities that are meaningful to me,” says Katherine DeGraaff, OMS IV, who attends the Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine in Henderson. “I’ve been really active with SOMA, the Student Osteopathic Medical Association. It’s helped me to keep some perspective about my career.”

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