Peer Support Services

In response to the increasing demands of medical education a group of students, with unwavering support from faculty and administration, have developed an organization dedicated to prioritizing personal wellness at UK COM. Although this group cannot alleviate the pressures of becoming a physician, their goal is to strengthen the resilience of medical students as they begin careers in medicine. 

Resilient
Resilient was established to make personal wellness a priority for all students. In order to provide compassionate, empathetic, and humanistic care to patients, medical students and doctors must take care of themselves first. Three areas of focus will synergize to deliver wellness resources and interventions - destigmatization, prevention, and intervention. Our end goal is to be well, and do good.

Survival Guides
Resilient provides students with guides for each year of medical school to simplify the journey to academic and professional success. The guides, written by students from the previous year, include helpful tips for each course and rotation.

Narrative Medicine: Dictation
Resilient’s annual live storytelling event Dictation has featured students and actors sharing the stories of UK medical students. Spotlighting experiences that may be funny, upsetting, inspiring, taboo, personal, or a combination of these themes allows us an intimate look into the lives of our peers and our patients.

The Big/Little Sib Program
In the weeks preceding first year orientation, students are invited to complete a survey to be paired with a rising second-year who will become their ‘Big Sibling’ in medical school. Big Sibs serve as weathered veterans and mentors to incoming student transitioning to medical school. Big Sibs reach out and check-in with their little sibs frequently throughout the first year of medical school

Despite Resilient’s best efforts to prevent students from feeling down, alone and stressed, there will come a time in every medical student's journey where they become stressed and worn down. Feeling overwhelmed is not a sign of weakness, but instead a sign that something should be done.

M4 Vent Line

Medical students can call 859-667-2525 to speak with one of these trained fourth-year students. The M4 Vent Line is staffed at all times by fourth year medical students who have survived the stress of classwork, exams, and clinical clerkships. 

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