Medical student wellbeing - a consensus statement from Australia and New Zealand

Sandra Kemp, Wendy Hu, Jo Bishop, Kirsty Forrest, Judith N. Hudson, Ian Wilson, Andrew Teodorczuk, Gary D. Rogers, Chris Roberts, Andy Wearn

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debateResearchpeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

BackgroundMedical student wellbeing-a consensus statement from Australia and New Zealand outlines recommendations for optimising medical student wellbeing within medical schools in our region. Worldwide, medical schools have responsibilities to respond to concerns about student psychological, social and physical wellbeing, but guidance for medical schools is limited. To address this gap, this statement clarifies key concepts and issues related to wellbeing and provides recommendations for educational program design to promote both learning and student wellbeing. The recommendations focus on student selection; learning, teaching and assessment; learning environment; and staff development. Examples of educational initiatives from the evidence-base are provided, emphasising proactive and preventive approaches to student wellbeing.Main recommendationsThe consensus statement provides specific recommendations for medical schools to consider at all stages of program design and implementation. These are:Design curricula that promote peer support and progressive levels of challenge to students.Employ strategies to promote positive outcomes from stress and to help others in need.Design assessment tasks to foster wellbeing as well as learning.Provide mental health promotion and suicide prevention initiatives.Provide physical health promotion initiatives.Ensure safe and health-promoting cultures for learning in on-campus and clinical settings.Train staff on student wellbeing and how to manage wellbeing concerns.ConclusionA broad integrated approach to improving student wellbeing within medical school programs is recommended. Medical schools should work cooperatively with student and trainee groups, and partner with clinical services and other training bodies to foster safe practices and cultures. Initiatives should aim to assist students to develop adaptive responses to stressful situations so that graduates are prepared for the realities of the workplace. Multi-institutional, longitudinal collaborative research in Australia and New Zealand is needed to close critical gaps in the evidence needed by medical schools in our region.

Original languageEnglish
Article number69
Number of pages8
JournalBMC Medical Education
Volume19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2019

Cite this

Kemp, Sandra ; Hu, Wendy ; Bishop, Jo ; Forrest, Kirsty ; Hudson, Judith N. ; Wilson, Ian ; Teodorczuk, Andrew ; Rogers, Gary D. ; Roberts, Chris ; Wearn, Andy. / Medical student wellbeing - a consensus statement from Australia and New Zealand. In: BMC Medical Education. 2019 ; Vol. 19.
@article{373f56538a92415b9b4168fd77e57532,
title = "Medical student wellbeing - a consensus statement from Australia and New Zealand",
abstract = "BackgroundMedical student wellbeing-a consensus statement from Australia and New Zealand outlines recommendations for optimising medical student wellbeing within medical schools in our region. Worldwide, medical schools have responsibilities to respond to concerns about student psychological, social and physical wellbeing, but guidance for medical schools is limited. To address this gap, this statement clarifies key concepts and issues related to wellbeing and provides recommendations for educational program design to promote both learning and student wellbeing. The recommendations focus on student selection; learning, teaching and assessment; learning environment; and staff development. Examples of educational initiatives from the evidence-base are provided, emphasising proactive and preventive approaches to student wellbeing.Main recommendationsThe consensus statement provides specific recommendations for medical schools to consider at all stages of program design and implementation. These are:Design curricula that promote peer support and progressive levels of challenge to students.Employ strategies to promote positive outcomes from stress and to help others in need.Design assessment tasks to foster wellbeing as well as learning.Provide mental health promotion and suicide prevention initiatives.Provide physical health promotion initiatives.Ensure safe and health-promoting cultures for learning in on-campus and clinical settings.Train staff on student wellbeing and how to manage wellbeing concerns.ConclusionA broad integrated approach to improving student wellbeing within medical school programs is recommended. Medical schools should work cooperatively with student and trainee groups, and partner with clinical services and other training bodies to foster safe practices and cultures. Initiatives should aim to assist students to develop adaptive responses to stressful situations so that graduates are prepared for the realities of the workplace. Multi-institutional, longitudinal collaborative research in Australia and New Zealand is needed to close critical gaps in the evidence needed by medical schools in our region.",
author = "Sandra Kemp and Wendy Hu and Jo Bishop and Kirsty Forrest and Hudson, {Judith N.} and Ian Wilson and Andrew Teodorczuk and Rogers, {Gary D.} and Chris Roberts and Andy Wearn",
year = "2019",
month = "3",
day = "4",
doi = "10.1186/s12909-019-1505-2",
language = "English",
volume = "19",
journal = "BMC Medical Education",
issn = "1472-6920",
publisher = "BMC",

}

Kemp, S, Hu, W, Bishop, J, Forrest, K, Hudson, JN, Wilson, I, Teodorczuk, A, Rogers, GD, Roberts, C & Wearn, A 2019, 'Medical student wellbeing - a consensus statement from Australia and New Zealand' BMC Medical Education, vol. 19, 69. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-019-1505-2

Medical student wellbeing - a consensus statement from Australia and New Zealand. / Kemp, Sandra; Hu, Wendy; Bishop, Jo; Forrest, Kirsty; Hudson, Judith N.; Wilson, Ian; Teodorczuk, Andrew; Rogers, Gary D.; Roberts, Chris; Wearn, Andy.

In: BMC Medical Education, Vol. 19, 69, 04.03.2019.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debateResearchpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Medical student wellbeing - a consensus statement from Australia and New Zealand

AU - Kemp, Sandra

AU - Hu, Wendy

AU - Bishop, Jo

AU - Forrest, Kirsty

AU - Hudson, Judith N.

AU - Wilson, Ian

AU - Teodorczuk, Andrew

AU - Rogers, Gary D.

AU - Roberts, Chris

AU - Wearn, Andy

PY - 2019/3/4

Y1 - 2019/3/4

N2 - BackgroundMedical student wellbeing-a consensus statement from Australia and New Zealand outlines recommendations for optimising medical student wellbeing within medical schools in our region. Worldwide, medical schools have responsibilities to respond to concerns about student psychological, social and physical wellbeing, but guidance for medical schools is limited. To address this gap, this statement clarifies key concepts and issues related to wellbeing and provides recommendations for educational program design to promote both learning and student wellbeing. The recommendations focus on student selection; learning, teaching and assessment; learning environment; and staff development. Examples of educational initiatives from the evidence-base are provided, emphasising proactive and preventive approaches to student wellbeing.Main recommendationsThe consensus statement provides specific recommendations for medical schools to consider at all stages of program design and implementation. These are:Design curricula that promote peer support and progressive levels of challenge to students.Employ strategies to promote positive outcomes from stress and to help others in need.Design assessment tasks to foster wellbeing as well as learning.Provide mental health promotion and suicide prevention initiatives.Provide physical health promotion initiatives.Ensure safe and health-promoting cultures for learning in on-campus and clinical settings.Train staff on student wellbeing and how to manage wellbeing concerns.ConclusionA broad integrated approach to improving student wellbeing within medical school programs is recommended. Medical schools should work cooperatively with student and trainee groups, and partner with clinical services and other training bodies to foster safe practices and cultures. Initiatives should aim to assist students to develop adaptive responses to stressful situations so that graduates are prepared for the realities of the workplace. Multi-institutional, longitudinal collaborative research in Australia and New Zealand is needed to close critical gaps in the evidence needed by medical schools in our region.

AB - BackgroundMedical student wellbeing-a consensus statement from Australia and New Zealand outlines recommendations for optimising medical student wellbeing within medical schools in our region. Worldwide, medical schools have responsibilities to respond to concerns about student psychological, social and physical wellbeing, but guidance for medical schools is limited. To address this gap, this statement clarifies key concepts and issues related to wellbeing and provides recommendations for educational program design to promote both learning and student wellbeing. The recommendations focus on student selection; learning, teaching and assessment; learning environment; and staff development. Examples of educational initiatives from the evidence-base are provided, emphasising proactive and preventive approaches to student wellbeing.Main recommendationsThe consensus statement provides specific recommendations for medical schools to consider at all stages of program design and implementation. These are:Design curricula that promote peer support and progressive levels of challenge to students.Employ strategies to promote positive outcomes from stress and to help others in need.Design assessment tasks to foster wellbeing as well as learning.Provide mental health promotion and suicide prevention initiatives.Provide physical health promotion initiatives.Ensure safe and health-promoting cultures for learning in on-campus and clinical settings.Train staff on student wellbeing and how to manage wellbeing concerns.ConclusionA broad integrated approach to improving student wellbeing within medical school programs is recommended. Medical schools should work cooperatively with student and trainee groups, and partner with clinical services and other training bodies to foster safe practices and cultures. Initiatives should aim to assist students to develop adaptive responses to stressful situations so that graduates are prepared for the realities of the workplace. Multi-institutional, longitudinal collaborative research in Australia and New Zealand is needed to close critical gaps in the evidence needed by medical schools in our region.

U2 - 10.1186/s12909-019-1505-2

DO - 10.1186/s12909-019-1505-2

M3 - Comment/debate

VL - 19

JO - BMC Medical Education

JF - BMC Medical Education

SN - 1472-6920

M1 - 69

ER -