Personal-professional Development Program Fosters Resilience During COVID-Pandemic

J Med Educ Curric Dev. 2022 May 3;9:23821205221098470. doi: 10.1177/23821205221098470. eCollection 2022 Jan-Dec.


Problem: Epidemiological data throughout the academic world show an upswing in mental health concerns among students, even more significant during the ongoing COVID-pandemic. Many universities have recognized these problems and started counseling programs. However, currently reported stress levels and mental health problems at many universities remain substantial.

Approach: Our medical faculty features an evidence informed longitudinal program on personal-professional development (LPPD) integrated into the core curriculum to strengthen wellbeing and support the student as a whole.

Outcomes: With our LPPD program we show that it is possible to successfully enable personal-professional development and well-being, especially in unexpected times when resilience is needed. The safe learning environment the teacher-coaches created has proven to be an important condition in this regard.

Next steps: The LPPD program will be further evaluated and both results and program materials will be shared with the academic community through web-pages, online material and research papers.

Keywords: curriculum; education; happiness; medical; professionalism; undergraduate.