Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Medical Science (MMSc)

First Advisor

Alexandria Garino, MS, PA-C


Physician assistant students represent a stressed population, often with poor coping skills. Prior research amongst undergraduate and graduate students has shown that mindfulness interventions are often effective in reducing stress in the short-term. This has not been studied in physician assistant students or for long-term outcomes. We propose a randomized controlled trial to study the effects of a mindfulness intervention on short-term and long-term physician assistant student stress and coping skills. Students from three sites in Connecticut will be provided an eight week mindfulness intervention or be placed in a control group. Stress and coping skills will be measured at baseline, eight weeks, 26 weeks, and 52 weeks to determine intervention effectiveness. This study could offer evidence that mindfulness is an effective means of reducing stress and improving coping skills in both the short and long-term among physician assistant students, which could lead to improved mental health.

Open Access

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