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What is the Mission and Vision of this Pathway?

The mission of The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Wellness and Preventive Care Pathway is to provide participants with insight and skills in wellness and health promotion as it relates to the domains of the mind, body, spirit, social interactions and the community.

The vision is to incorporate and advance the promotion of health and wellness at the individual, family, institutional, professional and community levels.

What are the goals for students who participate in this pathway?

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Wellness and Preventive Care Pathway aspires to:

  • Help medical students develop and maintain healthy self-care habits;
  • Familiarize medical students with multiple domains of health and wellness, including mental, physical, emotional and social;
  • Teach students skills in at least two of these domains to demonstrably improve long-term patient and self-care; and
  • Develop leaders to advance the promotion of health and wellness at the individual, family, institutional and community levels.

How much time can the student expect to devote to this pathway?

It would be expected that, on average, students would be spending about two (2) additional hours per week engaged in activities, "hands-on culinary workshops," seminars, classes, activities or projects related to the pathway. Activities will be planned in each of the domains of wellness including physical activities, nutrition and culinary workshops, emotional, social and mental components as well. The initial phase will begin with the nutrition component.

The pathway experience will continue throughout the four (or five) years of medical school. Upon completion, your transcript will reflect your participation in this extra training/education.

What are some of the inclusions in this pathway?

  • Just What the Doctor Ordered: Food as Therapy lab, where students will meet monthly to integrate the evidence based science of nutrition and disease prevention they have learned with hands-on cooking participation and demonstrations led by experts. No culinary experience is necessary!
  • Creation of a student wellness committee dedicated to creating and identifying wellness opportunities on campus and beyond. Examples include physical, outdoor, stress-relieving activities;
  • Frequent 45-minute lunch and learn sessions on topics like nutrition, resilience, emotional intelligence and conflict resolution;
  • A student-led learning community tasked with identifying worthwhile research projects related to self and patient health improvement;
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring training led by faculty expert to develop ability to help those in need;
  • Conflict resolution, cultural diversity and advanced communication skills workshops led by experts in the field;
  • Skill training to introduce and refine reflective writing, progressive relaxation techniques and behavior modification strategies;
  • Community outreach through participation in local multi-sector efforts to improve community health through an emphasis on prevention, wellness and collective action (examples include: University Wellness Committee, Health Improvement Partnership - Cuyahoga County, Healthy Cleveland Initiative.);
  • Spiritual wellness sessions focused on an array of topics like mindfulness and meditation, how values impact vocation, and understanding grief; and
  • Physical activity, including:
    • Participation in any activity of your choosing;
    • Structured activities;
    • Understanding the physical activity guidelines for Americans;
    • Learning how to include physical activity discussions as part of the total health assessment;
    • Referrals to exercise specialists;
    • Core competencies needed to include physical activity therapy plans for your patients.

Who can apply?

Any first year student who has an interest in this pathway may apply. The next open enrollment period will begin in July 1, 2016 through August 21, 2016. 

How can students apply?

Students are required to submit their CV and a Word document with a personal statement (approximately 500–750 words) about their interest in this pathway and how they feel this program will enhance personal wellness and medical training. If students have thoughts about what areas they would particularly like to include and participate in, as well as how they would use this experience in their future work (practice, teaching, other), please include that information. Students must include their name and email in the Word document.

Submission are due August 21, 2016. Applications will be reviewed and student interviews may be conducted as part of the application process. Selections will be finalized very shortly thereafter and selected students will be notified by email.

We look forward to your application!

Email your CV and personal statement to Dr. Hope Barkoukis, RDN, LD (Hope.Barkoukis@case.eduand Christin N. Swingle, RD, LD (