MD Student Wellbeing
At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, we take a holistic approach to supporting the wellbeing of our medical students as they progress through the rigors of training to become future leaders in medicine, scholars, and expert clinicians. We are committed to supporting the development of a healthy professional identity—one that enables students to hold onto their unique personal identity while finding meaningful fulfillment in their professional role.
We recognize that there are many factors that can impact students’ sense of wellbeing throughout medical school and that can have a reciprocal impact on their ability to master the knowledge and skills that enable satisfying and impactful careers. We know that several modifiable factors can positively contribute to a healthy professional identity.
Our medical school is deeply committed to supporting these factors through curricular and paracurricular structures and programming for MD students.
Our curriculum for the 21st century (C21) and academic coaching help ensure clinical competence with additional academic support from peer tutors, as needed. We also offer Full-Tuition Scholarships, which contribute to greater levels of financial stability and help reduce the financial stressors that burden many medical students across the country. Our diverse paracurricular programming in wellness, global health, the medical humanities, and a variety of clubs and activities allows students to pursue their individual passions and nurture their personal identities.
NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Student Health Service provides primary care, women’s health, mental health, and travel health services to all MD students. Learn more about our health and wellness services for medical students.
We offer several additional initiatives that focus on student wellbeing.
The Medical Students Developing Awareness, Wellbeing, and Resilience (MD AWARE) program is an institution-wide longitudinal curriculum developed to promote the wellbeing and resilience of medical students through a supportive community of peers and trained facilitators. Launched in 2017, MD AWARE is meant to complement other wellbeing efforts, including the expansion of mental health services offered through our Student Health Service.
MD AWARE consists of a series of interactive sessions that are integrated into the MD curriculum, including during the preclerkship curriculum and clerkship year. Students participate in activities to increase self-awareness, share healthy coping responses to stress, and practice evidence-based strategies to enhance resilience.
EASE: Emotional Awareness Skills Enhancement
This five-week peer-led course teaches students about the mind-body connection, how to center themselves somatically, how to increase self-awareness of their interoception, and how to utilize all of these skills to help with emotional regulation. The course also helps students build a dedicated practice with their peers and allows them the chance to sample different evidence-based mindfulness techniques to decide which technique works best for them.
Medical Student Wellness Committee
The Medical Student Wellness Committee believes that physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing are essential to a fulfilling medical school experience. We provide and connect students to resources that help them thrive during medical school and beyond. We are on this journey together.
Our mission is to promote student health through events and community building that foster resilience and support healthy lifestyle choices; build a community rooted in authentic connection and mutual support; and advocate for long-term services and curricular changes that promote wellness. Areas of focus include physical and emotional health, mindfulness, advocacy, and communications.
Resources for Reporting Sexual Misconduct
Our Title IX Office provides support and guidance for students who experience sex- or gender-based harassment or discrimination, in compliance with the federal law governing these issues. Access our Sexual Misconduct and Intimate Partner Resource Guide and learn more about Title IX resources (Kerberos ID and password required).
For more information about NYU Grossman School of Medicine wellbeing resources for medical students, contact Victoria C. Dinsell, MD, at email@example.com, or Anita Saini, MPH, senior program coordinator for student wellness, at firstname.lastname@example.org.