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National Conference on Medical Student Mental Health and Well-Being

September 18-19, 2019

New York City

The National Conference on Medical Student Mental Health and Well-Being is hosted by Weill Cornell Medicine, in partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges, Associated Medical Schools of New York, and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

Medical students experience higher rates of psychological distress, including anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation, compared to peers in the general population.  While much needed attention is currently being focused on clinician well-being within the medical community, it is time to concentrate more fully on medical students as well.

The National Conference on Medical Student Mental Health and Well-Being is the first comprehensive, multidisciplinary forum to examine the mental health needs of medical students.  Bringing together leading experts in the field, medical school administrators and faculty, mental health professionals, and medical students, it seeks to better understand the causes of psychological distress in this population.  Key goals are to identify new and improved strategies for detection, treatment, and prevention of mental illness in medical students, as well as innovative methods for fostering greater resilience and well-being, that can be implemented at medical schools around the country.

Conference Themes

  • Detection and treatment of major mental disorders in early adulthood
  • Stresses of medical school and the transition to residency
  • Administrative issues related to mental illness in medical students
  • Strategies to prevent burnout and promote resilience and well-being
  • Best practices for improving medical student mental health
  • Suicide prevention

Target Audience

Conference attendees will include approximately 400 medical school deans, university and teaching hospital administrators, faculty physicians, researchers, mental health professionals, and medical students.  It is particularly designed for health care practitioners in the fields of:

  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Social Work
  • Student Health
  • Internal Medicine
  • Primary Care
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health 

Individuals working in medical education, admissions, and student affairs fields at medical schools will also benefit from the clinical, scientific, and administrative discussions during the conference.

Confirmed Speakers

Augustine M.K. Choi, MD
Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean
Weill Cornell Medicine
Co-Chair, National Conference on Medical Student Mental Health and Well-Being

Charles L. Bardes, MD
Associate Dean, Admissions
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine

Elizabeth Gong-Guy, PhD
Executive Director of UCLA Campus and Student Resilience
Associate Clinical Professor, Psychology Department
UCLA

Yoon Kang, MD
Associate Dean, Program Development, Operations and Continuous Quality Improvement
Richard P. Cohen, MD, Associate Professor of Medical Education
Weill Cornell Medicine

Darrell G. Kirch, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer
Association of American Medical Colleges

Thomas W. Koenig, MD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Francis S. Lee, MD, PhD
Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. Professor of Molecular Biology in Psychiatry
Weill Cornell Medicine

Timothy C. Marchell, PhD, MPH, MDiv
Director, Skorton Center for Health Initiatives
Cornell Health

Lisa M. Meeks, PhD, MA
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School

Christine Moutier, MD
Chief Medical Officer
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Miguel A. Paniagua, MD
Medical Advisor in Test Development Services
National Board of Medical Examiners
Adjunct Associate Professor
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Jonathan A. Ripp, MD, MPH
Senior Associate Dean for Well-Being and Resilience
Chief Wellness Officer
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Thomas L. Schwenk, MD
Dean, School of Medicine
Vice President, Health Sciences
University of Nevada, Reno

Stuart Slavin, MD, EdD
Senior Scholar for Well-being
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Jo Wiederhorn
President and Chief Executive Officer
Associated Medical Schools of New York

Geoffrey H. Young, PhD
Senior Director, Student Affairs and Programs
Association of American Medical Colleges

Dana Zappetti, MD
Associate Dean, Student Affairs
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine

Richard A. Friedman, MD
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Director, Student Mental Health Program
Weill Cornell Medicine
Co-Chair, National Conference on Medical Student Mental Health and Well-Being

Isaiah Cochran
President-Elect, American Medical Student Association

Barbara L. Hempstead, MD, PhD
Dean, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences
O. Wayne Isom Professor of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medicine

Jordan F. Karp, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Anesthesiology, and Clinical and Translational Science
Director, Medical Student Mental Health Services
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Sibel Klimstra, MD
Ehrenkranz Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Weill Cornell Medicine

Lyuba Konopasek, MD
Director, Physician Engagement and Well-Being Programs
NewYork-Presbyterian
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Education)
Weill Cornell Medicine

Conor Liston, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Brain and Mind Research Institute and Department of Psychiatry
Weill Cornell Medicine

Peter M. Marzuk, MD
Gertrude Feil Associate Dean of Curricular Affairs
Professor of Psychiatry
Weill Cornell Medicine

Lisa A. Mellman, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Samuel Rudin Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Michael F. Myers, MD
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Herbert Pardes, MD
Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees
NewYork-Presbyterian

Victor Schwartz, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine
Chief Medical Officer, The Jed Foundation (JED)

Srijan Sen, MD, PhD
Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Professor of Depression and Neurosciences
Department of Psychiatry
University of Michigan

Michelle Van Ryn, PhD
Grace Phelps Distinguished Professor
Oregon Health & Science University

Sidney Zisook, MD
Distinguished Professor
UC San Diego