The program is composed of four major pillars: student spotlights, longitudinal wellness initiatives (LWI), advocacy and resiliency. These initiatives are focused on raising awareness and promoting a positive environment for medical students to collaborate and support one another.
Each of the major pillars plays an important role within the NWP. The student spotlights highlight medical students from across the country in their wellness journeys through short abstract writing pieces. The LWI focuses on five broad wellness themes, including nutritional, mental, physical, financial, and social/relationship wellness. The LWI is preceded by a one-month wellness challenge, designed to encourage students to start the new year with healthy lifestyle changes.
Regarding advocacy, the NWP represents students on issues such as learner mistreatment, accommodating students with disabilities and building health-promoting learning environments. Additionally, Safe Space: Let’s Get Real teleconferences, which are national conversations moderated by health professionals, were developed to promote cross-country dialogue in many important topics and to advocate for student wellness. The final arm of the NWP is promoting resilience and self-development through the course Simulated Training for Resilience in Various Environment (STRIVE), which takes its roots from the Canadian Armed Forces Road to Mental Readiness program.
Victor’s leadership and ability to guide his team of medical students from across the country, coupled with his creative ability to develop social media and website promotion of the NWP, has led to the success of the initiative. He selflessly commits substantial hours to ensuring the success of the program and is always one step ahead to ensures that the team is prepared to respond to the needs of medical students. Through his leadership, this program represents the first comprehensive, evidence-based, student-led national wellness program in Canada.
Thank you, Victor, for your commitment to student wellness!
Nominate a medical student to be recognized in a Student Spotlight
If you would like to nominate a medical student to be recognized in a Student Spotlight, please submit a maximum of 500-word narrative to the AMA Committee on Student Affairs. We are looking for stories about medical students who are advocating for and leading change in their school, clinical environment or community. We want to recognize these students for their efforts and their ability to positively impact the health care system in Alberta. Together we can make a difference!
Please submit your nomination narrative and a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you submit a picture, please also include a signed AMA photo consent form for each person in the picture. Here's the form: AMA-consent-for-disclosure-of-personal-info.pdf
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