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Purpose: An individual’s capacity to monitor, anticipate, react, and recover from stressful events defines their resilience. Resilient coping strategies have been shown to reduce stress, burnout, and improve performance in medical students (Erschans 2018, Thompson 2016, Wetzel 2018), but less is known on how resiliency changes over time across different phases of medical school or whether it is a trait. Ideally, educators would understand the periods in the curriculum where resilience building and stress reduction interventions are most needed, and most effective. The purpose of this study was to assess longitudinal changes in resiliency and the association between resiliency and wellness during the clerkship phase of medical school.
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