The TISSUE (Teaching Introductory Study Skills Utilizing Experience) program was created to provide exposure to the anatomical sciences for students who had not taken courses in anatomy and/or histology, had received an undergraduate degree in a non-science concentration, and/or who had not been involved in an academic setting for some time. This program was developed for incoming medical students by current medical students. The main goal of TISSUE was to mitigate the perceived academic, emotional, and personal stress of the incoming first year medical students. The program touched upon academics, study strategies, time management, and student wellness and was offered to the incoming Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2021 Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine students, with the option to participate in an in-person or online cohort. Outcomes assessment was measured by surveying the students post-course in reference to stated learning outcomes related to both anatomical sciences and transitioning to medical school. Supplemental research projects will investigate the effect of participating in the TISSUE course on perceived academic and transitional stress in first year medical students. This research will contribute to a growing body of data collected by the administration and mental health counselors to better tailor mental health counseling opportunities, student support groups, and a curriculum that supports the health and happiness of medical students.
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