- Wellness Committee;s Blog for Healthy Recipes: www.spinachandbananas.blogspot.com
- IUSM Wellness Committee Contacts:
- Facebook- Iusm Wellness-iusm
- Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to challenge you to reflect on how you’re doing personally. Check in with your thoughts, feelings and body. Don’t be afraid to ask a classmate how they are truly doing. Some students have asked me if seeking out counseling and mental health resources will impact your grades or ability to get a license. These services provide confidentiality and school personnel are restricted from reviewing or using such information in their assessment of students. Additionally, seeking help should not impact one’s ability to get a license unless you pose a threat to yourself or others.
The purpose of this message is to remind you about the support resources within the community and some tips to help you through medical school.
- Talk about your mental health.
- Seek support and build a success team.
- Chat with your lead advisor and use them as an accountability partner.
- Keep something for yourself through this process.
- Realize medical school is supposed to be hard and find ways to embrace stress in health ways.
- Listen to study material between class/rotations and on the way to school.
- Involve your family and loved one’s in your study process and journey.
- Consider investing in services to ease your life such as Blue Apron, Instacart, and housecleaning services (iu.care.com- IU HR offers a free subscription).
- Surround yourself with positive people and reminders of things you love.
- Take 30 minutes before bed to decompress from the day.
- Eat, Sleep, Meditate, and don’t forget to laugh out loud (research supports these aforementioned items as instant stress busters).
- Use the Medically Speaking board to express yourself (and check out the resources we posted).
- Pair two things at the same time (e.g. exercising and catching up with significant other).
- Reduce maintenance- crockpot meals.
- Stick to a schedule and don’t cram.
- Protect your time blocks (e.g. study time should mean no distractions).
- IUPUI CAPS is available for free to all medical students: http://studentaffairs.iupui.edu/health-wellness/counseling-psychology/
- The survival guide developed by the wellness committee and the Peer Advisors Program provides well-being tips.
- Aetna’s Find a Doctor resources allows you to search for "in-network" care outside of the school of medicine: http://www.aetna.com/docfind/home.do?site_id=studenthealth&langpref=en#
- Recently featured on NPR’s Planet Money Smart Shopper helps you find the most affordable care options: https://www.vitalssmartshopper.com/
- Dr. Kunkle provides free counseling students to medical students and residents exclusively.
Please know that we have an open door policy in MSE. Feel free to stop by and chat anytime.