By Trent Reed and Sunny Nakae
Many medical students struggle with fear, pride, priorities, regrets, and insecurities, but the liberty to disclose such feelings may be limited. Students often avoid sharing their challenges and feelings with their peers for fear of looking weak or due to shame. How can we destigmatize sharing among students to build resilience, foster community, and improve well-being?
A week prior to match day we received almost 70 anonymous secrets from our senior medical students at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Reed solicited these messages from the students by explaining the premise to them. The exercise is based on the work of Frank Warren who created postsecret.com. The students were not given guidance regarding topics or tone; they were simply asked to submit an anonymous secret…
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