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Mental health and medical education: How to support students

Part 1: Friday 27 August 1330-1500
Part 2: Saturday 28 August 1330-1500
(Note: Workshop consists of two sessions – it is not possible to register for each separately)
 
Facilitators:

  • Joseph Murray
  • Lisa Meeks
  • Neera Jain
 

ABSTRACT:
 
Summary of Theme and Why it is important: Over the last decade, much has been written about medical students and mental health. Medical students experience high rates of depression and burnout. Some come to medical school with preexisting mood or anxiety disorders. Others develop these conditions in medical school. Some have conditions which rise to the level of a disability that can necessitate appropriate accommodations. How can we support students with mental health issues during their time in medical school? This case-based workshop invites participants to think through several real-life common scenarios. 

After an introduction (5 minutes), the co-presenters will invite participants to share some challenging experiences (15- 20 minutes), before outlining the morning agenda (5 minutes). The participants will work in small groups in discussing 3 cases. (Each case involves 10 minutes small group discussion, 10-15 minute large group discussion led by one of the small groups, 5 minutes of take-home points). The facilitators will then invite a volunteer participant to present a challenging case, and we will treat this as a 4th case (10 minutes small group discussion, 10-15 minute large group discussion led by one of the small groups, 5 minutes of take-away points.) The workshop concludes with each small group discussing 1-2 points they can take back to their institution (10 minutes). We will invite individual members to share some of these points with the larger group (15 minutes.)

What participants will gain: Medical educators across the continuum (faculty, administrators, students affairs, student health, disability services, diversity/inclusion, support staff), especially those who have found this topic challenging in their previous/current work.

Who should participate: 1) Skill and confidence in talking about mental health issues with medical students and colleagues. 2) Specific strategies to help students who are dealing with various mental health issues. 3) Comfort in discussing the concepts of disability and appropriate accommodations. 4) Critical skills in evaluating how their home institutions work with students with mental health issues.

Level: Introductory/Intermediate
(Note: Workshop consists of two sessions – it is not possible to register for each separately)
 

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