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Teach Learn Med. 2007 Winter;19(1):42-6.

Student-led stress management program for first-year medical students.

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  • 1Department of Behavioral Sciences, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74107, USA.



The medical education community has emphasized repeatedly the importance of teaching stress management and self-care skills to medical students. However, descriptions and evaluations of intervention programs are infrequent. This article describes a student-led stress management program for 1st-year medical students and summarizes program evaluation data from 1,111 participants.


The Stress Management Program is a voluntary activity that involves small groups of 1st-year medical students meeting with 2nd-year student coleaders. At the beginning of the fall semester, each group meets 1 hr per week for 7 consecutive weeks. Two psychologist faculty members serve as program coordinators.


Mean annual participation rate for 1st-year students was 94% over 16 years. Program evaluation results are strongly positive.


Based on longevity, participation, and student feedback, the program has been successful. Recommendations for creating and maintaining similar programs are offered.

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