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Medical Student Wellness in Wisconsin: Current Trends and Future Directions Wisconsin Medical Journal - WMJ V 117 (5), 211-213

Date

12/05/2018

Abstract

Introduction: The goal of this study is to describe the state of mental health of Wisconsin

medical students.

Methods: Online wellness surveys were distributed to students at the University of Wisconsin

School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) and Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) during

the 2016-2017 school year.

Results: Of UWSMPH respondents, 40.0% and 12.5% reported experiencing depression/other mood

changes and suicidal ideation during medical school, respectively. Twelve percent of MCW respondents

screened positive for depression using the Patient Health Questionnaire-2, and 7.8% reported

experiencing suicidal ideation in the last 2 weeks.

Discussion: Similar to results shown worldwide, Wisconsin medical students experience diminished

mental health relative to nonmedical peers. Changes in medical education are needed to improve student mental well-being.

Author List

Van Remortel, B., Dolan, E., Cipriano, D. & McBride, P. (2018)

Author

David J. Cipriano PhD Associate Professor in the Psychiatry department at Medical College of Wisconsin


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