A Family Day program enhances knowledge about medical school culture and necessary supports

Mary A. Bell, Paula S. Smith, James J. Brokaw, Herbert E. Cushing

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Background: A Family Day program was implemented at Indiana University School of Medicine to educate the families and friends of in-coming medical students about the rigors of medical school and the factors that contribute to stress. Methods: Surveys that assessed knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes about medical school were administered to participants before and after the program. Results: After the program, participants showed a significant improvement in their understanding of medical school culture and the importance of support systems for medical students. Post-test scores improved by an average of 29% (P < 0.001) in each of the two years this program was administered. Conclusions: The inclusion of family members and other loved ones in pre-matriculation educational programs may serve to mitigate the stress associated with medical school by enhancing the students' social support systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalBMC medical education
Volume4
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StatePublished - Mar 10 2004

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A Family Day program enhances knowledge about medical school culture and necessary supports. / Bell, Mary A.; Smith, Paula S.; Brokaw, James J.; Cushing, Herbert E.

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Bell, Mary A. ; Smith, Paula S. ; Brokaw, James J. ; Cushing, Herbert E. / A Family Day program enhances knowledge about medical school culture and necessary supports. In: BMC medical education. 2004 ; Vol. 4. pp. 1-3.
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