When asked, well over half the students with poor academic performance were impacted by stress, anxiety and lack of motivation.

Medical students are vulnerable to problems such as burnout and depression, but those possessing resiliency tend to stay healthy and recover more quickly when facing stressful situations.

Here are some resources to help you manage stress with resiliency.

Online Resources

What is Resilience?
Building Resilience
About Physician Burnout
How to Prevent Burnout
Dealing with Grief and Loss
Helping Someone in Trouble

Support Groups at TUC

Mental Health Advocacy Group: This student-organization hosts events and talks on the topics of mental health, resilience and stress management.
TUCCOM HOME or Humanism in Osteopathic Medical Education: Organized by our own wonderful faculty Dr. Hendriksz, this FB page is a judgement-free zone to openly discuss the humanistic aspects of your medical education experience. They also host on-campus talk sessions.

Stoicism & Resiliency in Medicine

“Stoicism is predominantly a philosophy of personal ethics which is informed by its system of logic and its views on the natural world. According to its teachings, as social beings, the path to happiness for humans is found in accepting this moment as it presents itself, by not allowing ourselves to be controlled by our desire for pleasure or our fear of pain, by using our minds to understand the world around us and to do our part in nature’s plan, and by working together and treating others in a fair and just manner.”
If you have any questions regarding Stoicism, its role in medicine, or more, please contact Student Doctor Mohammad Khorsand (COM 2019) at

Stoic Mindfulness and Resilience Training (SMRT) Course

Stoicism: How to accept things you can’t change and acknowledge what you can change
note: best viewed as a slideshow

On The Disciplines–Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius
This is a short paper written by Mohammad Khorsand, COM 2019 during his undergraduate education at UCSD.
The focus of the paper is The Three (Stoic) Disciplines:
1) The Discipline of Desire requires one to accept any circumstance presented by Nature, even those one may mistakenly good or evil, 2) The Discipline of Actions examines the reasons that should guide one’s actions to “act in the service of the whole, respect the hierarchy of values which may exist between different types of action; and love all human beings, since we are all the members of one single-body,” and 3) The Discipline of Assent encompasses the process of assenting to initial perceptions (starting with the image, the inner discourse, then the assent), so an individual does not add any judgments of good and evil prior to proper analysis. 

Did you know that Remote Emotive Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy have their roots in philosophical thoughts like Stoicism?  Find out more in the links below.
Workshop about Stoic philosophical therapy and its modern uses
Albert Ellis: A Model of Resiliency, Compassion, and Stoicism in Action
Donald Robertson – Stoicism, Mindfulness, and Cognitive Therapy

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