Project Information

Improving Medical Student Access to Appropriate Psychotherapy

Project Description: Depression is more common among medical students than their age-matched cohort due to multiple psychosocial factors and expediting access to care may help facilitate better medical training. We will assess the current state of access to psychotherapy from medical students meeting criteria for major depressive disorder as measured by the Patient Health Questionnaire - 9 item (PHQ-9), along with their perceptions of the effectiveness of care received so far, using a Qualtrics survey. We will also obtain all available data regarding the current waiting time for medical students to be seen for psychotherapy at the Student Wellness Center and the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. We will then identify areas of improvement in the current pathway to care and develop an alternate algorithm to reduce the length of wait and apply it for one month. We will assess the difference in wait times before and after implementation and, if significantly different, seek to institute the new algorithm into standard operating procedure.

QPI: Daniel, Pietras, (

Collaborators: (; Elizabeth, Ahn, (; (; Sheldon, Brown, (

Advisors: (; (

UF Health Big Aims: Enhance the Patient Experience None

MeSH Keywords: Depression, Health Services Accessibility, Psychotherapy, Student Health Services, Students, Medical