The Wellness Initiative Network
The Wellness Initiative Network (WIN) is your go-to wellness resource as a UBC medical student! WIN acts as a central hub for wellness related initiatives and clubs at UBC medicine with the goal of fostering resiliency, mental health, and community in our student body. We aim to integrate and combine efforts to bring wellness to our student body for a more effective wellness plan for our medical students. It is our hope that by focusing on wellness, happy and healthy medical students will make happy and healthy residents and attending physicians, which will ultimately translate into better medical care for our future patients.
As a student run division of UBC Medicine Student Affairs, WIN executives work with Undergraduate Medical Education committee members, Student Affairs, MUS, and class councils to advocate for student wellness in our curriculum. WIN also holds events throughout the year that are aimed at creating positive interactions with our colleagues and exploring our core beliefs that affect the way we handle adverse situations. As an MUS club that is also funded by UBC Medicine Student Affairs, we also sponsor other wellness events throughout the year, including the Arts in Medicine Coffeehouses and MedPlay!
If you have any questions about WIN, please do not hesitate to contact us!
You can view our constitution here.
In addition to connecting wellness clubs and providing support for club events, we are also looking to make positive change in other ways. Currently we are working on the following initiatives:
Absence Policy Recommendations
WIN will be providing the Undergraduate Medical Education Committee with a series of recommendations regarding UBC Medicine's current absence policy. These recommendations are based on student feedback, policies at other Canadian medical schools, formal recommendations from the CFMS and CMA, in addition to relevant literature.
Wellness Self Check-in Tool
WIN has created a Wellness Check-In Tool, with the goal of empowering students to track their own mental and physical well-being throughout their undergraduate medical education. We are in the process of formal consultation with both Student Affairs and Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) to fully integrate this into the UBC MDUP Curriculum.
WIN is in the process of creating UBC Medicine’s first longitudinal wellness curriculum, tailored to each stage of medical undergraduate studies. We have been collaborating with Student Affairs, who have helped us acquire several hours in the formal MDUP curriculum to provide lectures and workshops aimed at better preparing medical students for the challenges of medical training. We are excited to provide sessions that will be relevant, thought-provoking, and created from a student perspective.
If you're interested in getting involved or have any other comments, feel free to send us a message!