Provide support for your peer, Jasmine, who is experiencing stresses related to medical school.
This scenario will help prepare you to provide support for a medical student peer experiencing stress related to medical school.
After completing this scenario, medical students will be able to:
- Engage supportively with a medical student peer experiencing distress related to school, role modeling use of healthy coping skills.
- Assess the impact of a stress related to medical school on a peer, including use of unhealthy vs. healthy coping.
- Provide interventions and resources to help mitigate a medical student peer’s distress and build resilience.
Funding: Initial development of this activity was supported by funding from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (Grant #1 R43 AA026474-01).
After completing this activity, the learner will understand how medical students can provide peer support to other medical students experiencing distress related to medical training. The skills participants will be able to use in peer support include:
- Connect with a peer in distress to initiate a discussion of their situation.
- Clarify your role in providing peer support.
- Elicit your peer’s story using open-ended questions and listen using active and reflective listening skills.
- Find out how your peer’s concerns have impacted them.
- Model healthy coping skills and provide support for your peer’s avoiding unhealthy coping and using healthy coping
- Provide interventions, advice based on your experience, and resources to help mitigate your peer’s distress.
- Recognize when to recommend that your peer get additional help.
- Provide follow-up and determine if you will provide ongoing support.
Technical Requirement: To participate in this activity, you will need a computer, an Internet connection, and a Web browser. This activity requires Chrome, Firefox, and IE7 or higher.
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