Improving Well-Being Resource Awareness and Engagement in the UME Setting: Care4U at USU Initiative

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The Association of American Medical College (AAMC) requires all medical schools to offer an Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) well-being program. Most UME well-being initiatives are preventative or treatment oriented and faculty-designed. It is challenging for medical schools to quantify their programs’ impact and the effective engagement of students with personal wellness. The Care 4U initiative is a quality improvement project at the Uniformed Services University (USU) with two goals: to increase (1) medical student awareness of and (2) engagement with well-being resources currently offered at USU. The Care 4U at USU team will present data analysis from anonymous baseline and pre-intervention assessment of USU UME students’ perception of their well-being, mental health, and knowledge of well-being resources available at USU, and a summary of planned wellness education tools created in collaboration with the USU Education & Technology Innovation (ETI) Support Office. Future steps in this project include a post-assessment of the effectiveness of these media forms on increasing student well-being knowledge and engagement at USU.

Medical student well-being is a recognized key component of physician identity formation. UME institutions have implemented and continue to expand well-being programs, without an objectively measurable increase in UME student engagement with well-being resources, especially for students who aren’t inclined to “opt-in” by default. Many studies demonstrate increased incidence of moderate-high anxiety, moderate-severe depression (57% and 27% of first year students, respectively) and suicidal ideation among medical students.
In this session, the Care 4U team will present baseline data analysis including medical student self-reported well-being and previous access of USU well-being resources. Additional questions will assess knowledge of available well-being resources and effectiveness of current advertising modalities to educate about those resources. Student responses will help to inform the development of new well-being resource education modalities in future collaboration with ETI departments at USU and other UME institutions.

Original languageAmerican English
StateAccepted/In press - 11 Sep 2023
EventSTFM 2023 Conference on Practice and Quality Improvement - St. Louis, United States
Duration: 11 Sep 202313 Sep 2023


ConferenceSTFM 2023 Conference on Practice and Quality Improvement
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySt. Louis


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