For many medical students, gaining entry into medical training is an exhilarating first step toward a major life goal. However, medical training brings with it a new set of stressors, from long hours and mounting financial pressures to new expectations around professionalism. There are competing demands of studies, clerkships, staying connected to family and friends, and some difficult first experiences with the setbacks and losses inherent to medical training.
The clinical staff at the PHP is acutely aware of the challenges facing medical students. The PHP is connected Ontario Medical Students Association (OMSA), staying current on issues affecting medical students and offering mental health and wellness support.
In addition to the PHP’s work with OMSA, we offer services directly to medical students. The confidential services are available to all medical students in Ontario. Clinical team members are available by phone during OMA business hours to answer questions and assist with a wide variety of concerns. The PHP can offer support in a number of ways, including: