Purpose: 

To better understand the wellbeing and non-cognitive skill development of Georgetown medical students, and implement a vehicle for assessing curricular and learning environment interventions.

Survey Administration:

This survey tool is administered to Georgetown University School of Medicine students at the following time points (first administered in August of 2017):

  • Beginning of first year (prior to classes starting)
  • End of first year
  • Beginning of second year
  • End of second year/beginning of third year
  • End of third year/beginning of fourth year
  • End of fourth year

Definitions:

  • Non-cognitive Skills – The attitudes, behaviors, and strategies that contribute to success and resiliency.
  • Wellbeing - A good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity (Dictionary.com).
  • Resiliency - the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress (American Psychological Association).
  • Burnout - Emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and sense of low personal accomplishment (Dyrbye et al, 2008).
  • Stress - a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances (Oxford Dictionary).
  • Mindfulness - the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one's thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis (Merriam Webster Dictionary).
  • Empathy – The ability to identify with or understand the perspective, experiences, or motivations of another individual and to comprehend and share another individual's emotional state (American Heritage Dictionary).

Survey Tool:

Measure Scale/Tool # of Items

Resiliency

Brief Resiliency Scale

6

Empathy
Perspective Taking & Empathic Concern

Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI)

14

Stress

Perceived Stress Scale (PSS)

10

Positive and Negative Affect
(positive or negative mood)

Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS)

20

Mindfulness

Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ)

15

Social Support

In general, I feel like I have people I can turn to when I need support..

1

Burnout
Emotional exhaustion & depersonalization

Maslach Burnout Inventory

2

Self-Reported Health

In general, would you say your health is…

1

Fatigue

PROMIS Scale

4

Sleep Disturbance

PROMIS Scale

4

Anxiety

PROMIS Scale

4

Depression

PROMIS Scale

4

Imposter Syndrome

Clance Imposter Syndrome Scale

20

Stereotype Threat

Self-Perceptions of Stereotype Threat in Healthcare Students Scale

17

Effects on Wellbeing

General and institution-specific questions of targeted items effects on individual’s wellbeing

23

Demographic Questions

  19

Research Team

  • Aviad Haramati, PhD, Principal Investigator - haramati@georgetown.edu
  • Dustyn Wright, Co-Investigator - djw76@georgetown.edu
  • H. Carrie Chen, MD, PhD, Co-Investigator - carrie.chen@georgetown.edu
  • Daniel Marchalik, MD, Co-Investigator
  • Kristi Graves, PhD, Co-Investigator
  • Susan Cheng, EdLD, Co-Investigator