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Promoting Healthy Behaviors: Linking Student Health to Prevention. Funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2002-2003. Research conducted by American Medical Student Association/Foundation in collaboration with Emory University “Healthy Doc-Healthy Patient” Project.

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promoting healthy behaviors linking student health to prevention

Promoting Healthy Behaviors: Linking Student Health to Prevention

Funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2002-2003.

Research conducted by American Medical Student Association/Foundation in collaboration with Emory University “Healthy Doc-Healthy Patient” Project.

Prepared by Lauren Oshman, MD, MPH

American Medical Student Association/Foundation, 2003.

purpose
Purpose

Examine how the practice of future primary care physicians is affected by prevention curricula taught in medical schools and your schools’ emphasis on medical student well-being.

Learn how to foster collaboration of medical schools and student leadership on local and national level to facilitate adoption of exemplary programs to strengthen health promotion and prevention curricula.

student well being programs

Student Well Being Programs

What the research shows

are we well in medical school
Are We Well in Medical School?
  • Students’ health falters in medical school.1
    • Alcohol consumption increases.
    • Socialization and exercise decrease.
  • Depression is related to poorer health habits.1
  • “Maladaptive behaviors” eventually form.2
    • Going to school when sick, self-prescribing and underuse of medical care.
  • Residency can further erode wellness.3,4
  • Ball S, Bax A. Self-care in Medical Education: Effectiveness of Health-habits Interventions for First-year Medical Students. Acad Med 2002; 77(9): 911-917.
  • Baldwin PJ. Young doctors’ health—II. Health and health behavior. Social Science & Medicine 1997; 45(1): 41-44.
  • Collier V, McCue J, Markus A, Smith L. Stress in medical residency: status quo after a decade of reform. Annals of Internal Medicine 2002; 136(5): 384-390.
  • Levey R. Sources of stress for residents and recommendation for programs to assist them. Acad Med 2001; 76(2): 142-150.
what do we know about wellness
What Do We Know About Wellness?
  • Being a primary care physician and having related healthy habits oneself predict one’s clinical practice of prevention. If medicine values disease prevention, and if physicians’ personal health practices are consistent predictors of prevention, we ought to cultivate healthy physicians in medical school.1
  • In order to give to others, physicians must have their basic wellness needs met. It is impossible to give what you don’t have.2
  • Frank, E, Rothenberg R, Lewis C; Belodoff B. Correlates of physicians’ prevention-related practices. Arch Fam Med 2000; 9: 359-367.
  • http://www.dev.kcom.edu/student/stillwell/home.htm
the state of health promotion programs for students
The state of health promotion programs for students
  • Only 20% of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools provide wellness programs for their students.
  • 24% of schools offered health promotion programs in 1988.

Hooper J, Cox C, Cambre K, Wilburn D, Webster M, Wolf T. Comparison of the support allopathic and osteopathic medical school health promotion programs for students. The Science of Health Promotion. 1999; 13(3): 171-179.

student wellness programs declining
Student Wellness Programs Declining

Cox CC, Cambre KM, Wolf TM, Webster MG, Hooper J. Trends in number and administrative characteristics of medical school health promotion programmes. Med Educ 2001; 35(2): 173-174.

what do preclinical students think
What do preclinical students think?
  • Wellness is linked to prevention: “...if we sacrifice our own health from studying too long, staying up too late, stressing out too much about exams we can’t take care of other people if we don’t watch our own health first.”
  • Prevention should be integrated, not separated: “Nobody goes to those classes because they’re busy with the other ones…”
  • Early clinical exposure is important: “In the clinics I’ve noticed … prevention being important but not in lectures.”
  • Students want more prevention: “I can count the hours [of prevention education] on two hands … Miniscule would be the word.”

AMSA Focus Group, 2002.

what do clinical students think
What do clinical students think?
  • Wellness is difficult to achieve: “We're really stressed, basically.”
  • Clinical students see mentoring as important to wellness. “I [would like] having a designated person to whom students can turn at any time. That would be a hotline . . . A counselor.”
  • Clinical experience is most useful in prevention: “observing physicians who have counseled for many years counsel a patient on a certain topic …”
  • Specialty physicians have different opinions. “I'm going into surgical subspecialty … there is little role for prevention.”

AMSA Focus Group, 2002.

do physicians have a responsibility to promote prevention with patients
Do physicians have a responsibility to promote prevention with patients?

Emory University, Healthy Doc Survey and AMSA Dean Survey data, 2002-2003.

emory university sample curricular interventions
Emory University Sample Curricular Interventions

Pre-clinical

  • Medical Decision Making class used Healthy Doc survey data to learn about statistic (M1s);
  • Physician panel on substance use (M2s);
  • 1 hour talk in Behavioral Science on alcohol and tobacco use of physicians, U.S. medical students, and Emory 2003 medical students (M2s).

The “Healthy Doc-Healthy Patient” Project is a 17 medical school study of and intervention in medical student health. Two-prong study being conducted at 16 US medical schools (2,000 students, 88% response rate) tracking the natural history of students’ attitudes and health and counseling behaviors and at Emory where an intervention to promote healthy student behavior was developed, implemented, and evaluated.

emory university sample curricular interventions15
Emory University Sample Curricular Interventions

Clinical

  • Ethics/Psychiatry: Complete a Beck Depression Inventory and an alcohol CAGE screening questionnaire on themselves;
  • Ethics/medicine: Completed an advanced directive and living will for themselves;
  • Dermatology: Received information about skin cancer prevention and prevention strategies for themselves and their patients and a container of sunscreen for their own use.
emory university sample curricular interventions16
Emory University Sample Curricular Interventions
  • Healthy, quick-cooking class;
  • Saturday visit to the mountains for hiking and healthy eating;
  • Two wine-tasting seminars (student idea, attended by about 30 students each time) to teach about using alcohol for purposes other than inebriation;
  • Weekly yoga classes.
kirksville com still well wellness program
Kirksville COM Still Well Wellness Program
  • Program Philosophy: “You are your own first patient.”
  • “Wellness is considered the cornerstone for each student to model for future patients.”
  • Still Well Wellness Program is a voluntary, comprehensive wellness program that encourages students to balance medical school with personal wellness.
  • Participation: currently 73%.

http://www.kcom.edu/student/stillwell/home.htm

still well wellness program benefits
Physical benefits

Preparticipation physical examination.

Six month fitness assessment.

2 hours free racquetball/week.

Free aerobic classes.

Other benefits

Year end recognition banquet.

Quarterly wellness newsletter.

Seminar series – diversity in medicine, interpersonal relationship building, stress management, high performance nutrition.

Career benefits

Pathways program in career planning that includes spouse.

Academic benefits

Extra pointsfor participation in wellness seminar series in osteopathic manipulation.

M2s do health exams for M1s.

M2s create fitness and wellness Rx for M1s.

Student committee plans exam scheduleto allow student attendance at professional conferences.

Still Well Wellness Program:Benefits
still well wellness program evaluation results
Still Well Wellness Program:Evaluation Results
  • Compared to a similar medical school cohort, both students in the Still Well Program and the control cohort had a drop-off in exercise and # leisure breaks taken up to Xmas break.
  • After the break, Still Well participants restored their health habits to the original level, except for sleep deprivation and the intensity of exercise, while the control cohort had further declines in health habits.
  • Still Well participants have lower levels of anxiety.
kirksville com prevention curriculum
Kirksville COM Prevention Curriculum
  • Complete DOctor course
    • Preclinical longitudinal course addressing prevention, wellness, clinical skills.
  • Commitment to student leadership
    • Leadership script documenting student volunteerism and leadership during and outside school for reference in residency application.
  • Grading environment
    • Percentage grades in first two years.
    • Pass/Fail grades in clinical rotations.
loma linda university wellness program
Alcohol, tobacco & drug use

“Boundary items” for Adventists.

Students pledge not to drink or smoke.

Alcohol treatment and addiction support available.

Counseling

Student Assistance Program available for counseling.

Mentorship

Personal mentor for weekly meetings, friendship, and support.

Reaches 40-70 students.

Diet and exercise

State of the art fitness complex.

Many extracurricular sports and activities.

Vegetarian only cafeteria.

Loma Linda University Wellness Program
loma linda university curriculum ethics and balance
1st year (20 hours)

Wholeness for Physicians

Stress management, relationships, controlling anger, and conflict resolution.

Required “Action Option Plan.”

Orientation to religion and medicine - discussions on God and human suffering.

Biomedical ethics.

2nd year

Integration of religion and medicine

Integration of prayer and other treatment modalities into clinical context.

Loma Linda University Curriculum: Ethics and Balance
orientation wellness workshops
Orientation Wellness Workshops

University of Louisville

  • Week-long workshop during M1 orientation,

1981-2001.

  • Goal: Medical students who practice constructive self-care will become role models for patients.
  • Components: Environment, Communication, Mind/Body, Community, Ethics, Nutrition, Exercise, Recreation, Stress Reduction, Time Management, Relaxation, The Arts, Gender Issues, Relationships, Study Skills, Faith, Coping.
student wellness leadership
Student Wellness Leadership
  • UIC Wellness Consortium
    • Participants plan wellness and health promotion activities each month.
    • Activities include cholesterol & glucose screening, back safety & ergonomics, walking programs, etc.
  • Creighton University Wellness Council
    • Elected medical student representatives.
    • Participants plan wellness activities, meet with Dean, and plan lunch presentations.

Data from assessment performed by American Network of Health Promoting Universities, a special project of the Association of Academic Health Centers, 2002.

role modeling and peer support programs
Role Modeling and Peer Support Programs

Case Western Reserve University Wellness Elective1

  • Physician presenters role model coping strategies and stress reduction.
  • Students perceived the elective to legitimize and give permission to self care and wellbeing.
  • Talking with peers and “venting” was effective in stress reduction.

Mercer

  • Personal Professionalism and Leadership mentorship program.
  • Promotes student well being, health and wellness.
  • Lee J, Graham A. Students’ perception of medical school stress and their evaluation of a wellness elective. Med Education 2001; 35(7): 652-659
competency assessment in self care
Competency Assessment in Self Care

Brown University

  • Self awareness, self care, and personal growth are graduation requirements.
  • Students may demonstrate self awareness by demonstrating competency in: medical interviewing class, Psychiatry clerkship, volunteer work, electives, or one-on-one meetings with student advisor.

http://biomed.brown.edu/Medicine_Programs/MD2000/NineAbil.html

sample prevention curricula

Sample Prevention Curricula

What others have done

do recent graduates believe adequate time is devoted to instruction of prevention
Do recent graduates believe adequate time is devoted to instruction of prevention?
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
    • 16.9% inadequate, 81.6% appropriate,

1.6% excessive.

  • Screening for diseases
    • 8.5% inadequate, 90.3% appropriate,

1.2 % excessive.

  • Infectious disease prevention
    • 24.5% inadequate, 73.8% appropriate, 1.7% excessive.

AAMC Graduation Questionnaire, 2002.

exposure to community and public health
Exposure to Community and Public Health

Wayne State University

  • Course based on ATPM competencies.1
  • “Clinical Learning Exercises” address public health learning objectives.

University of Miami

  • 12 week Primary Care clerkship incorporates lectures, small group cases, and CDC Healthy People screening software.
  • Student placement in public health settings for one week.

1. Pomrehn, P., Davis, M., Chen, D., and Barker, W. Prevention for the 21st Century: Setting the context through Undergrauate Medical Education. Academic Medicine. 2000; 75 (7 Supplement): S5-S14.

use of case based learning and technology
Use of Case-Based Learning and Technology

University of Massachusetts

  • The McQ’s, a simulated standardized family.1
  • Case-based modules address health promotion, lifestyle counseling, risk factor assessment, and preventive services.

University of Kentucky

  • Computer-based patient management simulation simulates adult and pediatric preventive care visits for self-directed student learning exercise.

1. Pugnaire MP, Leong SL, Quirk ME, Mazor K, Gray JM. The standardized family: an innovation in primary care education at the University of Massachusetts. Acad Med 1999 Jan;74(1 Suppl):S90-7.

what to do now
What to do now
  • More medical schools should institute personal health promotion programs to improve student health.
  • Medical schools should better integrate health promotion programs with clinical prevention curricula.
  • Personal wellness may be a successful “hook” to interest medical students in prevention.
what can students do
What Can Students Do?
  • Orientation Activities - Medical student survival week, tour of school wellness resources, panel discussion on surviving basic science classes.
  • Seminars and Panel Discussion- Massage circle, prayer group, finger painting, pasta sculptures, drumming circle, Tai Chi, exercise/outdoor activities club, weekly yoga class.
  • Student Wellness Activities– Panel on relationships in med. school, effective study habits, time management strategies, effects of sleep deprivation, spirituality and wellness discussion.
  • Peer Support Networks- Big sib/little sib program.
  • Student-Dean Collaboration- Lunch with the Dean.
students can get further experience through amsa
Students Can Get Further Experience through AMSA
  • http://www.amsa.org/well/
  • Humanistic Medicine Action Committee
  • Action Committee on Medical Education
  • Humanistic Medicine Retreats
  • LIGHT Rotation for Fourth Year Students
  • Opportunities & curriculum through AMSA’s Complementary and Alternative Medicine project (http://www.amsa.org/humed/CAM/)
  • Director of Student Programming (dsp@www.amsa.org)
what can deans do
What Can Deans Do?

“Let us emancipate the student, and give him time and opportunity for the cultivation of his mind, so that in his pupilage he shall not be a puppet in the hands of others, but rather a self-relying and reflecting being.” –Sir William Osler

  • Foster student initiated activities and support student leaders.
  • Identify faculty leaders in prevention and wellness and provide support through faculty development.1
  • Provide institutional resources.2
  • Promote reporting and publishing of successful programs.

1. Sachdeva AK. Faculty development and support needed to integrate the learning of prevention in the curricula of medical schools. Acad Med 2000; 75(7): S35-S42.

2. AMSA Dean’s Survey, 2003.