Launched in 2016 by the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP), today marks the third annual OMS Day of Wellness. The day aims to raise awareness, encourage open discussion and erase stigmas surrounding mental health.
— COSGP (@COSGP) February 16, 2018
Medical training is one of the peak times for stress among physicians and symptoms of depression, suicidal ideation and a low sense of personal accomplishment are common during school.
In honor of the OMS Day of Wellness, The DO rounded up how COMs across the country are engaging in conversations about mental health.
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Students at ACOM took pictures of themselves with friends behind an Instagram frame and wrote a short note on what wellness in medical school means to them. They also enjoyed an array of healthy goodies like fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies, easy recipes and nutrition handouts, tips on safe drinking and progressive muscle relaxation.
Take a selfie with your friends. 👨👨👦👦🤳🏾 Promote wellness. 👨🏽⚕️👩🏼⚕️ #acom #acomwow! #OMS #woofwoof #HSWG #friends #medicalstudents #medschool
Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Students were served comfort food provided by the BBQ Club and Culinary Club and had an array of wellness activities to participate in, including massages, meditation, writing thank you notes, adult coloring, a bubble wrap wall, essential oils table, croquette and lawn games, OMT and pet therapy.
A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
ATSU-KCOM students wrote personalized thank you notes and baked treats to give to faculty and staff in appreciation.
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Students at MU-COM took to heart the spirit of OMS Day of Wellness by writing positive words on Post-it notes and engaging in physical activities like jump roping and boxing.
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Students enjoyed an outdoor lunch and a health fair showcasing the Mental Health Awareness Task Force and other clubs. For stress relief, students wrote their source of anxiety or stress on a tile and smashed it with a hammer to let loose of built up frustration. The pieces of the tiles will be used in a collage.
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine-Dublin
Students promoted wellness at OUHCOM- Dublin by taking part in Zumba, mindfulness meditation and OMT. They also wrote notes of encouragement to classmates.
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Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
RVUCOM students had a full day of activities. First Tai Chi and yoga in the morning, physical health Jeopardy with healthy snacks at lunch and a nerf gun war and campus/environment cleanup.
University of North Texas Health Science Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Students at UNTHSC-TCOM had a full week of wellness to nurture the mind, body and spirit with activities like sand volleyball, meditation, yoga, a painting workshop, group bicycle ride and lunch lectures about mental health.
Celebrations for #OMSDayofWellness at TCOM have turned into an entire Wellness Week! What are you doing to prioritize your wellness this week? #mh4docs #Save400 #healthyinhc #MedStudent pic.twitter.com/UvRUtZrDur
— COSGP (@COSGP) February 13, 2018
University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine
Students at UIWSOM focused on mindfulness this week. Taking part in the AMWA White Coat Project for Physician Suicide Awareness, students had the chance to use a white coat as a canvas to draw or write how the realities of a life committed to medicine can impact mental health. Students also released their worries in a relief jar. By simply writing down on a piece of paper what was weighing on their hearts, folding it up and putting it in the jar, the act was intended to represent planting a seed and shifting a perspective from worry and stress to freedom and joy.