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Personal Growth Program

The Office of Student Affairs is excited to partner with you and offer an optional program on Personal Growth. The Personal Growth Program is an opportunity to assist you with self-exploration, self-awareness and self-esteem to increase your skills and fulfill your personal goals. The process of exploring your innermost self to attain a purpose or a goal, especially in the pursuit of clarity and passion in life, is important. A focus on your personal development alongside professional development helps create a well-rounded physician.

Colorful chart showing the sessions or elements of the personal growth program

Motivation/Passion (September)

Motivation allows you to increase your creativity, expand your goals/pursuits, develop your skills and improves your engagement with others and your environment.

Read: How to Keep Working When You’re Just Not Feeling It

Listen: OSA Insider Podcast: Finding Your Passion 

Action Items:

AAMC Spotlight: Aisa Iyawe

Purpose/Vision (October)

Purpose is the reason for which something is done or created. Vision is an imagined mental image of something.

Our personal purpose can serve our personal vision for our future self. Many students (and people) find themselves asking “why am I doing this” or “what do I want.” This is where examining our personal purpose and vision becomes helpful to support not only our professional goals, but our personal ones too.

Read: Start Finding Your Purpose and Unlock Your Best Life (

Listen: OSA Insider Podcast: Your Personal Mission Statement and Brand

Action Items:

AAMC Spotlight: Eliana Garcia

Time Management (November)

Time Management is the skill of organizing and aligning your tasks and objectives into a schedule.

Benefits of Time Management: Reduces stress, provides a sense of achievement, allows you to meet your GOALS, VISION, and PURPOSE (see October.)

Read: Time Management Tips for Your Personal and Professional Development

Listen: OSA Insider Podcast

Action Items:

AAMC Spotlight: A Medical Student's Reflection on Time, Our Scarcest Resource

Optimism/Positivity/Happiness (January)

Positive psychology: "a branch of psychology focused on the character strengths and behaviors that allow individuals to build a life of meaning and purpose - to move beyond surviving to flourishing." - 

Benefits of Optimism-Positivity-Happiness:Happy people live with purpose. They find joy in lasting relationships, working toward their goals, and living according to their values."

Read: Being Happy Takes Practice | Psychology Today

Listen: OSA Insider Podcast

Action Items:

AAMC Spotlight: Attitude of Gratitude: How Just 3 Minutes Per Day Can Increase Joy, Happiness and Resilience | Students & Residents (