Delaware Valley Medical Student Wellness Collaborative

Elephant in the Room Poster Contest

The purpose of this contest is for medical students in the Delaware Valley to create, vote on, and select a poster that uses the theme of the “elephant in the room” to raise awareness about the need for mental wellness, and remind fellow medical students that it is OK to seek help. The hope is that this campaign will serve to both recognize, and to diminish the stigma associated with seeking help. 


The term “elephant in the room” is applicable to many circumstances and is a common reference to mental health and well-being.  Even though there is more discussion on this topic than in the past, there is still stigma associated with seeking mental health services.  Research consistently demonstrates that students enter medical school eager to learn the skills necessary to truly help in the care of others, yet often are not comfortable seeking help for themselves. 


Submissions are due by October 13th, 2017.   Medical students throughout the Delaware Valley will vote on the posters in mid-October and the winner will be announced at the:


Inaugural Mütter Mixer

November 1st, 2017

6:30-8:30 PM at the

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia


Contest Timeline

August 28, 2017 – Contest Begins

October 13, 2017 – All submissions due

October 17-23 – DVMSWC votes on finalists

November 1 – Students vote at Inaugural Mütter Mixer

The Elephant in the Room - Raising Awareness of Mental Health in the Medical Community

Please contact your school’s representative with any questions:

The Delaware Valley Medical Student Wellness Collaborative is a consortium of student affairs and counseling professionals from the seven medical colleges* in the Delaware Valley region promoting the emotional wellbeing and resiliency of medical students, and proactively addressing the stressors and challenges inherent in an undergraduate medical education through wellness programming, awareness campaigns, resource sharing, education innovations, and social opportunities open to all medical students of the Consortium.


The Collaborative strives to:

  1. educate students about mental health and available resources
  2. reduce stigma associated with help-seeking and mental illness
  3. provide cross-campus social opportunities and social support in an effort to enhance connection, a sense of community, and overall wellbeing
  4. inspire, empower, as well as to be a model to students in developing healthy life choices and resiliency that will serve them during medical school and  beyond


*The Collaborative Includes Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel Medical College, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; with the support of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

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