Medical school is stressful and comes with a lot of transitions for students – these students are also more likely to experience burnout and depression compared to other similarly aged individuals pursuing different careers.

The Active Resilience Training (ART) in Medicine curriculum offered at Wake Forest University School of Medicine provides students with guidance on ways to incorporate coping strategies and curriculum to address key pillars of psychological and physical resilience to aid in the balancing of their medical school career.

Over the course of their training, medical students face several key inflection points, such as the transition from book learning to hands-on learning between their second and third years. These changes often create physical and emotional strain that can hamper performance and increase the risk of burnout.

David Michael Popoli, MD “What we’re doing with the ART in Medicine program is encouraging students in how they think about addressing these inflection points and providing them with a set of skills they can use when encountering these stresses and demands. With these skills, when students do encounter these stressors and demands, they can meet them in a way that’s positive and view them as learning opportunities and not failures.” - David Popoli, MD, Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery.

Additional potential benefits of the course includes decreased burnout risk, increased situational control and enhanced performance.

Certificate programs at Wake Forest University School of Medicine allow students to personalize their educational experience, develop special interests and demonstrate outstanding motivation to residency selection committees.