Well-Being Weekly | Week of July 6th, 2020

Explore the latest research, news, and developments in the world of wellness in this installment of the Well-Being Weekly. Get caught up on this week's biggest stories surrounding mental health and well-being in the healthcare industry, provided by Well-Being Index experts Patrick McNally and Sunny Prabhakar. 

The relationship between burnout and sleep disorders in medical students

An Academic Psychiatry study conducted to examine the relationship of burnout and sleep disorders among preclinical medical students found "relevant bidirectional effects in medical students in the early phase of medical school." Researchers discovered that 63% of students were affected by daytime sleepiness, leading to increased chances of emotional exhaustion and cynicism. Read the full study to learn more.

Medical student distress and well-being 

According to the recently-published State of Well-Being 2019 Report, over 35% of medical students were at or above a high level of distress. The data, collected from over 3,200 medical students, also showed that second and third year students were the most distressed, with over 60% reporting being burned out. Get more insights on medical student well-being and the risk factors associated with medical student distress by downloading the free report.

Colleges brace for potential increased need for mental health services

The strain of current events have lead to uncertainty for colleges and medical schools throughout the United States. With academia scrambling to prepare for a number of different scenarios, concerns are growing among education leadership regarding the mental health and well-being of students. "'Students are experiencing trauma, grief, losses as a result of COVID' and the events surrounding the killing of George Floyd and others, says Barry A. Schreier, director of the university counseling service at the University of Iowa." Read the Wall Street Journal Article to learn more about the challenges facing universities and medical school and the potential solutions to protect the mental health of students.

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