Over the past decade, concern about the well-being of medical students has been on the rise. Studies suggest medical students experience high levels of mental stress.
At MSIH, students have access to a wide array of services and support to ensure their success while in medical school and beyond. Our aim is to foster a safe and supportive learning environment for all students. That involves many aspects, from embracing the value of diversity and personal growth throughout the medical school journey, to engaging all students in the promotion of a sense of belonging within the community, and encouraging self-care, resiliency, wellness and the pursuit of one’s passions.
One component of support offered at MSIH is through our on-staff social worker, Laura Stiebel, MSW. Laura is a great resource for students, providing mental health support to medical students at MSIH. She holds group sessions tackling challenges of medical school and mental health concerns, and provides education on medical school and physician burnout. Laura works collaboratively with students and staff in order to implement innovative programs to assist students with life while in medical school. Whether it is sessions on time management and adjusting to life in Israel, or one-on-one meetings with students, Laura is an invaluable resource to students. As Laura notes, “Being an American myself, and the wife of an American MSIH graduate, really help me to understand what students are going through – so I’m in a unique position to help.”
In this video, you can meet Laura and learn more about some of the support services she provides, both individually and in group settings.