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GPS Student Wellness
(Getting Progressively Stronger)

Taking you where you want to go, physically, mentally and spiritually.

The maintenance of wellness throughout the clinical years of training is of paramount importance – the tools acquired now will help you to ingrain life long habits and promote well being to your patients. During your third and fourth years in medical school while on the VCU Inova campus you will find a little extra support through the GPS Student Wellness program. A key component to the success is the involvement of students in the planning, programs, and promotion of wellness. The student wellness committee has student officers from each class who serve as student ambassadors for wellness.

Some of our programming includes:

  • Monthly Personal Growth programs i.e. healthy eating, conflict resolution, juicing for life, laughter yoga, mindfulness programs
  • Women with scalpels (mentorship lunch for female students pursuing demanding specialties such as general surgery and ob/gyn, balance hectic lifestyles with the many rolls and hats that women wear i.e. caregiver to parents, children)
  • Private and confidential Student health and mental health services
  • Phenomenal fitness facility partner
  • Wellness Challenge at the student gym facility where fitness prizes are awarded each semester
  • Community service opportunities i.e. Medical Futures Program

We are a family at the Inova Fairfax Campus. In order to promote the feeling of community:

Community events: students can communicate to share interests in community events via GPS Facebook Page.
Family lines: As an incoming third year VCU Inova medical student, you will be assigned an older 'sibling' as a mentor from the class immediately ahead of you. This student mentorship assists with transition to clinical years (orientation, survival tips on wards) and relocation to Northern Virginia
Team Building Event: Entire class attends a team building retreat at Adventure Links located at Hemlock Overlook. This out door program offers progressive and specialty events that hinge off an intense training adventure. The team building is designed to synchronize the strengths, opportunities and collaboration of the human element helping students bond as a team. The goals of this team building are to include meeting expectations, demands, and deadlines. Adventure Links team building event provides an experiential, tangible platform from which to understand and apply team dynamics.
Under the leadership of the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Director for GPS student wellness and third and fourth year student representatives the GPS program is designed to provide a healthy balance to your medical school experience.

Please feel free to contact any one in the GPS Student Wellness program.

Dr. Samantha Buery-Joyner
Samantha.buery@inova.org

Dr. Homan Wai
homan.wai@inova.org

Amy Unger
Amy.unger@inova.org