Asking future doctors: what support options do medical students want to cope with medical school?

E. Ehring, T. Frese, S. Fuchs, K. Dudo, L. Pukas, D. Stoevesandt, S. Watzke
2021 Journal of Public Health  
Aim Medical school is demanding, and research aimed at improving the mental health of medical students is scarce. No quantitative study about which specific measures students actually prefer to reinforce their health has been performed yet. The aim of this survey is to find out which types of support should be given to medical students according to students' own perspectives. Subject and methods A classroom survey of medical students (N = 1108, years 1–5) was carried out regarding various
more » ... rding various support options and depressive symptoms. The statistical analysis was finalized using chi-square tests, t-tests, and the Kolmogorov–Smirnov test. Results The support options with the highest average scores were accessible sports classes, desire for free water/fruit during lectures, and a clear study structure. Groups to exchange experiences with, including social media groups, were favored less. Depressive symptoms in students correlated with a higher level of applicability of support options. Conclusion Medical students require supportive study conditions. Specific subgroups of medical students could not be correlated to a particular support program. Thus, we need a support program that addresses students' wishes, not a program based on feasibility, staff interests or passions.
doi:10.1007/s10389-020-01421-w fatcat:epk6y57e5jemvoqsj2soed7yw4