Exploring the Benefits of an Optional Theatre Module on Medical Student Well-Being Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • BACKGROUND: Medical students struggle with varied stressors and developing adequate coping mechanisms is essential. PURPOSE: This study examined medical student perceptions of the well-being impact of a theatre-based course. METHODS: Eighteen 1st-year medical students at the University of Alberta participated in 3 focus groups following the conclusion of a theatre-based module that was piloted in the first quarter of 2010. A semistructured protocol was used to guide the focus groups, which were audiotaped and transcribed. Along with general feedback, impact on personal development and student well-being were discussed. Thematic aspects of these discussions were qualitatively analyzed. FINDINGS: During the focus groups, medical students identified three aspects of the theatre-based module that contributed to their sense of overall well-being. These included (a) fun/relaxation, (b) enhanced relationships with each other, and (c) personal growth/resilience. CONCLUSION: Our findings suggest that participating in an optional theatre module can enhance medical student well-being. Our analysis suggests the need to consider novel, humanities-based curriculum offerings in relation to personal development and well- being.

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publication date

  • July 2013