Programs & Events
The OMSW team develops and implements a wide range of programs and events to promote all facets of student wellness.
- The Stanford Wilderness Education Active orientation Trip (SWEAT) is a pre-orientation wilderness trip for incoming medical students led by second-year medical students who complete a wilderness medicine and leadership course in collaboration with Stanford Outdoor Education, and sponsored by Office of Medical Student Wellness and the Stanford Medicine Alumni Association. SWEAT aims to enhance students’ sense of belonging to the Stanford Medicine community, foster relationships that last throughout medical school, and build students’ confidence to tackle the physical and mental challenges that medical school brings. In 2018, over 85% of incoming students participated in the elective trip, and 25 second-year students returned to serve as trip leaders.
The Bike Safety Program was initially developed by medical students to promote bike safety and help change bike safety culture at Stanford University. OMSW co-sponsors the program along with Parking & Transportation Services. All incoming students are asked to sign an online bike safety pledge in exchange for receiving a bike helmet and safety kit. In 2016, all incoming medical and masters’ students pledged to wear their helmets and follow the rules of the road. Survey data from 2015 indicated that 6 months after signing the pledge, 79% of students reported helmet use and 87% reported bike light use.
I think the whole experience of working as a team was really fun and let me get to know my classmates more
opportunity to spend time with classmates, older students, and faculty mentor.
- The Stanford Medical School Cup (SMS Cup) is an annual field day event to foster community building within and between learning communities. Faculty members serve as team coaches and cheer for their students as they engage in friendly competition in a series of events including relay races, field games, and trivia. Students have called it a “great way to de-stress” and an “opportunity to spend time with classmates, older students, and faculty mentors.” In 2017, more than 90 students, faculty, and staff members participated.
TLC - Tuesday Lounging and Conversation
TLC was conceived by the Ears for Peers peer counselors to create and promote a safe space for discussion for medical students and bioscience students and community building. The Ears for Peers and BioPeers peer counselors host the hour-long TLC which are scheduled five times a quarter in the student lounge. All students are invited and converse. Warm drinks, snacks, and a welcoming environment are provided. Please stop in.
Altruism and Activism
Dozens of white coats were carefully laid out to cover the steps of a Stanford Medicine building yesterday afternoon as part of the #ProtectOurPatients campaign, a grassroots movement seeking to defend the Affordable Care Act. (Link to SCOPE post)
We welcome ideas for new student wellness initiatives.