Promoting student wellness: psychomedical stress in Australasia
Most of us will feel unable to cope at some point in medical school
- By: William Perry, James Hillis
“Psychomedical stress” is often shrugged off as normal, and we can be told that medicine is no different from any other university degree. Medical students are similar, with regards to mental wellbeing, to the general student population before the start of their course.123 However, after experiencing the stresses and strains of medical school, students begin to show lower psychological wellbeing than peers of the same age and the general population.45678910
The concept of wellbeing among medical students received little attention even five years ago in Australia and New Zealand. It wasn’t until several junior doctors took their own lives that the matter was discussed throughout the medical community. Since then, the Australian and New Zealand medical students’ associations have been working to bring the matter of wellbeing among medical students to the fore of university discussion and to medical curriculums.
To facilitate this, Australian and New Zealand medical students