The Officer of Student Representation (OSR), elected for each class, is charged with promoting wellness services and opportunities, as well as creating their own. There is one OSR for each current class, and these representatives coordinate with school administration to host student wellness activities throughout the academic year. The goal is to provide stress-free study breaks, introduce students to unique aspects of St. Louis life, and foster bonds among students across all classes at the School of Medicine. The OSRs work closely with the Society leaders and class social chairs to create a culture of well-being for their classmates.
OSR Wellness programming has consisted of monthly “Wellness Wednesday” activities, puppy therapy and art therapy sessions before exams, and interclass socials around holidays and major events in the St. Louis area, which in the past have included ice skating, a cooking class and a self-defense course.
Each year, one of the School of Medicine’s largest school-wide events, “Friendsgiving,” provides students the ingredients to make their own signature dish and share with over 150 of their classmates. The OSRs initiatives culminate in a “Wellness Week” each spring typically featuring speakers that discuss a variety of wellness topics, from relationships to ergonomics, and events ranging from meditation to cooking classes each afternoon.