Happiness Initiative Gains MomentumDecember 23, 2015
DO Council President Daniel Kim poses with Chief Campus Officer Bryan Ginn with Ginn's
copy of "The Happiness Project."
There’s a Chinese proverb that goes something like this –
“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
DO Council President Daniel Kim (DO ’18) is working to spark more happiness on our
campus – similar to “The Happiness Project” movement crossing the country as a result
of author Gretchen Rubin’s book by the same name. Kim’s goal is to make Georgia Campus
– Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine the best medical school possible by
promoting mentorships, wellness activities and a family atmosphere, thus increasing
the feeling of well-being and ultimately happiness.
Recently, he presented a video to first and second year DO students which was produced
by the Council of Osteopathic Student Government presidents entitled “Happiness Initiative
for All Health Professional Students.” The video emphasizes the importance of mental
health awareness and achieving happiness. He then led the students through an exercise
of demonstrating gratitude by writing a letter to someone who has had a great influence
on their lives. The Council will mail these letters on the students’ behalf, along
with a note detailing the happiness project on campus.
Daniel Kim, with the assistance of Rebecca Alms, presented the happiness initiative
to first and second year DO students.
Kim emphasizes that the ultimate goal is to increase the feeling of wellness among
medical students and break the stigma of mental health problems, while increasing
happiness. He said, “With the United States losing up to 400 physicians each year
to suicide and 15 to 30 percent of medical school students nationwide reporting depression
symptoms, it is very important that we tackle these issues from their roots.”
He plans to work with the Student Government President at Western University’s College
of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest to bring the MEDWELL Campaign (Mental
Health, Exercise, and Diet through Wellness, Engagement and Lifelong Learning) to
osteopathic medicine students. The campaign, which features three levels for individuals
with varying degrees of health, provides a variety of activities to promote a healthy
lifestyle. Hilda Alvarez (PharmD ’18), a student in the School of Pharmacy, is joining
with Kim to bring this initiative to pharmacy students as well.
Originally from Texas, Kim is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with
an undergraduate degree in biochemistry. He chose to come to GA-PCOM because of its
location in Atlanta and its affiliation with the Philadelphia campus. The Emergency
Medicine Club president, Kim decided to run for DO Council president because he “wanted
to do everything I could to make positive changes that benefit the school.”
Thanks to the efforts of our student leaders, we can look forward to activities that
boost happiness and well-being on our campus as the movement gains steam in 2016!
Sarah Coyle (DO '18) takes part in the happiness effort which includes showing gratitude
to those who have influenced you through letter writing.
About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcomgeorgiahealth.org.
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