OUSCM Wellness Committee
The student run Wellness Committee’s purpose is to identify and address wellness needs of OUSCM students.
Unfortunately, fast paced degree programs such as medical and PA school commonly results in students feeling overwhelmed, depressed, and frustrated. The time constraints that come with such exceedingly large academic demands often leads to neglect of self-care. Paradoxically, self-care is needed most when we are required to perform under high levels of pressure.
The Wellness Committee aims to address gaps in personal wellness by creating a wellness-oriented environment. Through organization of wellness-related events, education and a compassionate attitude, we hope to support our classmates through one of the most difficult and rewarding times of our lives.
Pillars of Wellness
The wellness committee focuses its attention on key “pillars of wellness.” Events and updates from our Facebook page are centered around these.
What: Mindfulness is moment to moment awareness of ourselves and our environment. It involves non-judgmentally noticing our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and the present situation.
Why: Practicing mindfulness reduces depression, anxiety, and stress and improves our memory, immune system, attention, and compassion.
How: Breath awareness meditation, compassion training, accepting your thoughts and feelings, avoiding avoidance.
What: Adhering to a healthy, balanced diet.
Why: Proper diet affects cognitive function and is integrated with other aspects of wellness, such as sleep and exercise.
How: Eating plenty omega 3’s, fruits, and vegies. Limiting excess sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. Balancing portion sizes. Setting small attainable goals and choosing non-food related rewards.
What: Walk, run, jump, lift, and remember that it only gets easier.
Why: Aerobic exercise improves verbal memory, learning, sleep, mood, and reduces stress and anxiety. Regular exercise reduces risk of disease and death. Plus, it will allow you to practice what you preach when you see patient after patient with hypertension and diabetes in your rotations!
How: Set small, attainable goals for yourself and improve on them over time. Walking ten minutes a day, three times week is better than nothing!
What: Social wellness is experiencing positive connections with those around you. It involves the development of social skills and building a support system.
Why: Maintaining social wellness improves immune function, reserves memory function, and increases feelings of self-worth.
How: Keep in touch with supportive friends and family, take part in social events, and practice self-disclosure
- Grant Daugherty
- William Pham
- Tyler Dulworth
- Abdul Qadar
- Jonathan Nahmias
- Jordan Beasley
- Ashlyn Ahrens
- Catherine Falgout
- Tyler Jones