University of Iowa, Department of Psychiatry | The medical student support groups will be facilitated by Amanda Miller, MSW, the University of Iowa Mood Disorders Center's (MDC) Program Director who has specialized training in mood disorders, and Dr. Jess Fiedorowicz, the MDC Director and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, will be on hand for any acute medical needs.
“Doctors, whether practicing physicians or in those training, are not inherently immune to disease, including mental illness” Miller said. “The Carver College of Medicine Medical Student Counseling Center provides clinical care to medical students at no charge; we aim to expand on this individualized care by offering group support that might, we hope, reduce stigma and thereby increase the number of students accessing mental health care when they need it.”
The 45-minute, meetings will primarily consist of open sharing and will aim to connect students with each other for ongoing support. Participants will be urged to keep group discussions confidential.