There’s no denying that medical school and residency are stressful. The pressures of balancing classroom and clinical instruction, studying in isolation for long periods, testing, matching, and dealing with illness and death up close can take an emotional toll.
Until fairly recently, few medical schools or residency programs dedicated effort, time, or money to offering resources that support personal well-being. Individual medical students and residents typically have had to seek out these resources on their own.
While in medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine, Kristina Dakis, MD, realized that if medical students are expected to find well-being resources on their own, many people miss out on getting needed support.