A multipronged approach that improved mental health among Saint Louis University students during their first year of medical school could serve as a model for reducing stress and depression later in their training, says the author of a commentary in the September issue of Academic Medicine.

“It’s an antiquated idea that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” Stuart Slavin, M.D., M.Ed., associate dean of curriculum for SLU School of Medicine, says. “For far too many in medical school it simply makes them burned out, anxious and depressed.”

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