Behind the white coat

It is important to learn and practice techniques that emphasize self-care. As a future physician, you will continually be caring for others, but can only do so if you take care of yourself: mind, body, and spirit. The Wellness Program offers events, classes, and resources including this website with a focus on wellbeing tips and helpful links.

Wellness wheel

This wheel is a representation of overall wellbeing. Notice how each slice of the wheel has a different type of wellness represented. 

A graphic describing the eight dimensions of wellness: environmental, intellectual, physical, occupational, spiritual, social, financial, and emotional.

Wellness events

The Office of Student Affairs strives to offer different wellness activities throughout the year for our students. Some of these events include therapy dog visits, community engagement activities, Spirit week during the week of Halloween, a Thanksgiving potluck, Wellness Wednesday during orientation, and so much more. Students are notified of these different wellness activities throughout the year and are encouraged to participate.

Helpful links

Click on any of the links below in order to find information on local parks, mental health services, recreation activities available through CMU, and information on overall wellbeing, including relaxation techniques.

Suicide prevention

Medical student and physician suicide awareness

Global rates of depression continue to rise, and the World Health Organization claims depression will be the most common disease by 2030. Rates of depression among medical students and physicians, however, already greatly surpass that of the U.S. general population, and depression is currently a leading contributor to medical student and physician death by suicide. Ironically, while physicians are trained to diagnose and treat mental illnesses, they are less likely than members of the general population to seek treatment for their own mental illness. As leaders in medical education, the various medical schools across the state of Michigan are addressing this issue from the perspective of prevention, as well as to collaborate with other health-related organizations to address effective response strategies for the colleagues and loved ones of medical students and physicians who die by suicide.