Stress Management Intervention for First Year Medical Students

  • Julie Brennan
  • Angele McGrady
  • Denis J. Lynch
  • Kary Whearty
General Issue


Numerous studies have demonstrated the deleterious psychological and physical effects medical school has on students. There are, however, only a few intervention studies that have focused on improving medical students’ ability to cope with this intense stress. This article describes an eight-session stress management program that can be implemented with first-year medical students. The program was designed based on a review of the literature regarding typical sources of stress during the first year of medical school. Each session was interactive and focused on improving skills to manage stress. Medical students who agreed to participate filled out a program evaluation upon completion of the program. Overall, 80% of students were satisfied with the program, and 76% percent would recommend it to other students. Our findings show that it is both beneficial and feasible to offer a stress management intervention to first-year medical students.

Key words

medical students wellness stress management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julie Brennan
    • 1
  • Angele McGrady
    • 1
  • Denis J. Lynch
    • 1
  • Kary Whearty
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineThe University of ToledoMaumeeUSA

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