The MUSOM Student Wellness Committee was established in December 2010 and charged with identifying the unique challenges medical students face in order to create a culture of self-care by which students maintain well balanced lifestyles.
MUSOM Wellness Wheel
Wellness is broken down into eight major categories, as demonstrated by the Wellness Wheel:
PHYSICAL WELLNESS: a perception and expectation of physical health.
SPIRITUAL WELLNESS: a positive perception of meaning and purpose in life.
SOCIAL WELLNESS: a perception of having support available from family, friends, or co-workers in times of need and a perception of being a valued support provider.
EMOTIONAL WELLNESS: possession of a secure self-identity and a positive sense of self-regard; also the ability to cope with and/or improve unpleasant mood states.
INTELLECTUAL WELLNESS: the perception of being internally energized by an optimal amount of intellectually stimulating activity.
ENVIRONMENTAL WELLNESS: the positive perception of the environment that one works and lives in.
History of Activities
Promotion of Yoga as a Wellness Activity: Based on the recommendations of the Wellness Committee, led in this case by Audrey Dean, MS-3, an affiliation was established with a local studio, Brown Dog Yoga. One hundred and fifty yoga passes were purchased by the Office of Student Affairs and provided to interested medical students. This is anticipated to be an annual wellness offering.
Wellness Event Series: The first offering in this Wellness Series was conducted by Katrina Mailloux, founder and owner of Brown Dog Yoga. The specific objectives of this session were (1) Learn breathing and meditation practices that can help you manage anxiety and stress and (2) Experience chair yoga for relaxation and stretching during study breaks.
50 miles in 50 Days: This competition was designed physical activity and has been held annually since 2011. 78 students participated in this kickoff event held February 7, 2011 - April 5, 2011. The contest was repeated in February 27-May 5, 2012 in which 69 students participated. In academic year 2013-2014, 62 students participated in the event.
Fall Festival: This activity wasfirstdesigned by the 2012-2013 Wellness Committee to encourage socialization among students. Festivals have been held in the fall of 2012 and 2013.
Personal Counseling Services: The committee endorsed the contractual arrangements to be provided by Cabell Counseling Center. The contract began in July 2011 and was renewed in July 2012 and July 2013.
Handbook of Student Services: The committee recommended that a Student Handbook be created to assist students in finding services. It was created and placed on the Student Affairs web page August 2011.
MUSOM Plus Ones: The committee identified the need to re-establish the partner support group. The first meeting was held in January 2012. About nine events were scheduled through May 3, 2012. The Plus Ones also hosted a dinner at Orientation for the Class of 2016. For academic year 2013-2014, the Plus Ones hosted a welcome event on 9/24/13
MUSOM Wellness Model: After a review of wellness programs at other medical schools, a Wellness Model was reviewed by the committee and a final model was adopted in academic year 2011-2012. It will be reviewed annually.
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