Date of Award

Spring 2024

Document Type

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Jamie Turgeon-Drake

Second Advisor

Dr. Craig Uthe

Third Advisor

Dr. Carole South-Winter


stress, pre-med students, medical students, medical school

Subject Categories

Medical Education | Mental and Social Health | Public Health


Stress can be caused by many factors, including money, relationships, promotions, grades, and responsibilities. In college, these stressors can be exacerbated. This research dives into stress in both undergraduate students as well as medical students. Previous literature has indicated that high levels of stress are present in students, and it is likely to have negative effects on the students, whether that is their mental or physical well-being. Schools have put interventions in place to help combat the stress levels present in their students. At the University of South Dakota (USD) and USD Sanford School of Medicine (USD SSOM), perceived stress levels are relatively high. Perceived stress surveys are sent out to detect the levels of stress in both pre-med undergraduate freshmen and first-year medical students. After analyzing the results, the paper investigates the current interventions both USD undergraduate and USD SSOM have in place to encourage the well-being of their students.



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