Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 498–501 | Cite as

Everyday Resilience: Practical Tools to Promote Resilience Among Medical Students

  • Galina GheihmanEmail author
  • Cynthia Cooper
  • Arabella Simpkin
Concise Research Reports


Burnout has accelerated among practicing physicians and trainees.1 Over half of medical students report burnout, associated with self-reported unprofessional conduct, reduced empathy, and less altruistic values.2 Students need adaptive skills to cope with the stressors of a demanding learning environment. Although building resilience is a priority area for medical education,3 few examples exist of programs engaging students as key partners in building and sustaining wellness over time. We describe a novel, interactive, student-led workshop that introduced participants to two easy-to-use, skills-based resilience tools.


A 90-min student-led interactive workshop introduced the concept of “Everyday Resilience” and taught participants two easy-to-use, skills-based tools. Objectives were to: (1) define resilience and discuss its protective role against burnout; (2) learn to apply the tools. Participants were first year students at a large US medical school who elected to...



The authors wish to thank Dr. Kaarkuzhali Babu Krishnamurthy for her support and encouragement throughout the project, and for reviewing an earlier version of the workshop materials and the manuscript. We also thank Dr. Angela Marsiglio for sharing her expertise in burnout, advising on evaluation of the workshop, and for reviewing the manuscript.

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they do not have a conflict of interest.

Ethics Approval

The HMS Academy approved this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Galina Gheihman
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cynthia Cooper
    • 1
    • 2
  • Arabella Simpkin
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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