Sources of medical student stress

Krishna Subhash Vyas, Terry D. Stratton, Neelkamal S. Soares

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Background: Key elements in the clinical practice of prevention, health and wellness are best cultivated in medical professionals during undergraduate medical training. This study explores students’ self-assessed stress relative to gender, academic expectations, and level of medical training to guide development of targeted wellness interventions. Methods: In early 2012, undergraduate (M1–M4) students in four Southeastern U.S. allopathic medical schools were surveyed about health-related attitudes and behaviors. Results: A total of 575 students returned completed questionnaires. Students in the preclinical years (M1–M2), especially females, reported significantly higher stress levels. Academic expectations and satisfaction were also significantly implicated. Discussion: These findings highlight the general areas of potential concern regarding stressors associated with medical training. Future research should guide programmatic efforts to enhance students’ overall health and wellness vis-à-vis curriculum, skills training, and support services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-235
Number of pages4
JournalEducation for Health: Change in Learning and Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The project described was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health (NIH), through Grant UL1TR000117. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Education for Health.


  • Health behavior
  • Medical student wellness
  • Stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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