MEDIWELL Helps Students Stay Healthy and HappyFebruary 15, 2016
GA-PCOM's MEDIWELL organization gauges student interest in weekly wellness activity
The Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) has launched a Mental
Health Awareness Task Force, along with a campaign to promote emotional and psychological
well-being among healthcare professionals. Reports show that a significant percentage
of medical students, interns, residents and even physicians feel burned out or depressed
and forego mental health counseling in fear of judgment by their peers, residency
program directors or preceptors.
Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (GA-PCOM) DO Council
President Daniel Kim said he personally connects with this issue. “I’ve had my own
struggles,” he said. “Bringing awareness of this issue to campus and helping students
stay healthy is very dear to me.”
Students complete a quick wellness survey.
As part of the task force’s initiatives, an Osteopathic Medical Student Day of Wellness
was held across the nation. Through a new student organization known as MEDIWELL,
an acronym for Mental health, Exercise, Diet, Integrated within Wellness, Engagement and Lifelong Learning, GA-PCOM hosted a day of wellness that included three activities. The first
one involved asking students to pledge to take a mental health/wellness survey which
had been sent out the evening before to students across the nation.
The second station included two activities. Students were asked to add their responses
to a poster that asked questions about self-care, such as "Who keeps you sane?", "What
do you do when you take time for yourself?" and "How many hours do you sleep each
night?" Then, they were provided with post-it notes to write words of encouragement
to fellow students. The notes were posted on the window of the Office of Student Affairs
to help raise the level of happiness on campus.
Words of encouragement brighten the day.
At the final station, information about the MEDIWELL campaign, which helps students
focus on wellness, was shared. The campaign promotes a three-level program in which
students put themselves on a “Stay Well,” “Be Well,” or “Get Well” track. Resources
including an online lifestyle coach and a monthly activity calendar with events such
as Mental Health Monday, Wellness Wednesday and Fitness Friday hosted by clubs and
individuals will be available. The ultimate goal, according to Kim, is to “make sure
all GA-PCOM students are healthy, both physically and mentally, and happy.”
How do students take care of themselves?
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. 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 pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500.
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