We recognize that there are many resources available to assist students in navigating the process of managing stressors and building the life of a physician. While we are available to assist with issues via talk therapy, we recognize that it can be very useful to develop skills to resolve or manage issues independently. We have included a few resources below that you might find helpful as you navigate medical school. Feel free to peruse them and use as many, or all, that you find helpful.
This website contains information regarding common issues students face in medical school. These topics range from Anxiety to PTSD to Suicide Prevention. Each topic provides you with basic information as well as specifics of various situations. Along with the information, they provide tools on how to cope with or overcome the issue. There is also an “EQ Toolkit” that provides 5 steps to help you improve your overall wellness. It’s close to a one-stop-shop for a variety of resources for you!
Mental and Physical Health Books
Counseling Services is providing students with the opportunity to borrow books via BoocShare that cover topics from relationships in medical school to building resilience. This can be a great resource for students to gain insight into themselves and areas of life they may want to improve. All books can be found in the RVU Counselor’s office and can be borrowed once the student joins the RVU Counseling Center Books group.
- Click here to go to the RVU Counseling Center Books group
- You should then click on the button “Request Invitation”
- If you already have a BoocShare account, you will be asked to log in. If you do not have an account, you will need to create one and then go back to the group page and click “Request Invitation” again.
- Once your request has been approved, you will have the ability to browse the book selection and request a book to borrow.
- **Disclaimer: Currently BoocShare requires all users to submit 2 books of their own to lend out. You DO NOT have to submit books to the RVU Counseling Center group. There are two ways in which you can bypass this requirement: 1) create your own private group and submit 2 books into that group (no one will be able to request those books from you unless you invite people to your group), or 2) inform the RVU Counselor that you would just like to have your account upgraded. Upgrading your account may take a few days.
- You will receive an email notification that your request has been approved. At that point, you will need to go to the Student Affairs Pod and pick up the book from the RVU Counselor.
- There is a 4 week borrowing period, at the end of which you will receive an email notifying you that the book is due.
- Return the book to the RVU Counselor
There are so many apps out there that can help you cope with stress, anxiety, depression, and even addiction. These are not meant to be a substitute for therapy where therapy is needed, but as a help and resource for those moments when you need a little pick-me-up.
Obsessive Thoughts/Compulsive Behavior:
Mindfulness allows us the opportunity to pay attention to and observe what is going on inside (thoughts, feelings, sensations) and outside (interactions and surroundings). This is done with an open, non-judgmental mind and allows us to stay focused during meditation. There are two types of Mindfulness Meditation: Active and Resting.
Active Mind Meditation is guided meditation that actively trains you brain to think or emote in a particular way. For example, a “learning meditation” prepares your mind to more effectively absorb everything you need to study.
Resting Mind Meditation is what most of us imagine when we think of meditation. It is very deliberate channeling of our awareness, usually focusing on the breath; in movement oriented resting mind meditation such as yoga, the focus in on the breath and holding a pose. This type of meditation is useful in training our brain to let go of certain emotions, thoughts, or worries and move away from judgments we associate with these things.