University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

Medical Student Wellness in Wisconsin: Current Trends and Future Directions

Brittany Van Remortel, MD, MPH; Emily Dolan, MD; David Cipriano, PhD; Patrick McBride, MD, MPH

WMJ. 2019;117(5):211-213.

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Introduction: The goal of this study is to describe the state of mental health of Wisconsin medical students.

Methods: Online wellness surveys were distributed to students at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) and Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) during the 2016-2017 school year.

Results: Of UWSMPH respondents, 40.0% and 12.5% reported experiencing depression/other mood changes and suicidal ideation during medical school, respectively. Twelve percent of MCW respondents screened positive for depression using the Patient Health Questionnaire-2, and 7.8% reported experiencing suicidal ideation in the last 2 weeks.

Discussion: Similar to results shown worldwide, Wisconsin medical students experience diminished mental health relative to nonmedical peers. Changes in medical education are needed to improve student mental well-being.

Author Affiliations: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wis (Van Remortel, McBride); Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis (Dolan, Cipriano).
Corresponding Author: Brittany Van Remortel, MD, MPH, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 750 Highland Ave, Madison, WI 53705; phone 920.660.3351; email
Funding/Support: None declared.
Financial Disclosures: None declared.
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