Common Academic Stress Points and Mental Health Concerns Among Pre-Health and Health Science Students

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Handbook of Research on Developing Competencies for Pre-Health Professional Students, Advisors, and Programs




Substance Use Disorder, Imposter syndrome, Major Depressive Disorder, Distress, Burnout, Anxiety, Eustress, Subjective Well-being, Life Transition, Suicidal Ideation


Addressing the mental health and well-being of pre-health students is critically important to ensuring their success through college and entry into advanced training or the workforce. Pre-health students represent some of the most motivated, involved, and engaged students on campus. Retaining these students and ensuring a positive undergraduate experience may help improve the development of a robust and diverse healthcare workforce. This chapter considers academic stress points and common mental health concerns among pre-health and graduate-level clinical students and discusses the implications of poor mental health outcomes among these student populations. This chapter is the first in a two-part series designed to understand the experiences of health science students and potential adverse health outcomes they may experience. The second chapter in this series considers practical approaches for pre-health advisors to foster and encourage well-being among students.


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