Call for papers – Promoting health and well-being in lifelong medical education

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BMC Medical Education is calling for submissions to our Collection on promoting health and well-being in lifelong medical education. Medical education is demanding and characterized by significant academic workloads and rigorous theoretical training. This intensity often leads to learning fatigue and increased stress among medical students, negatively affecting both their learning and mental health. Similarly, practitioners are pressured to continuously enhance their knowledge and skills to meet patients’ treatment expectations. Therefore, it is essential to explore pedagogical methodologies that cater to the physical and mental health of medical students and clinicians, in order to help foster an optimal learning environment and work-life balance.

This Collection aims to gather scholarly contributions that investigate innovative pedagogical methods and interventions designed to enhance the health and well-being of medical learners throughout their education journeys. We seek to provide a platform for researchers, educators, and clinicians to share their insights, experiences, and evidence-based practices that cultivate positive, supportive learning environments, promote physical and mental well-being, and bolster the resilience of medical students and clinicians.

We invite submissions of original research articles, reviews, methodologies, commentaries, and perspective pieces on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Novel teaching approaches that balance instructional quality with the physical and  mental health of students.
  • Strategies to address academic stress, burnout, and learning fatigue among medical students and post-graduation learners.
  • Research into the causes of learning fatigue at different stages of medical education.
  • Integration of mental health education within graduate medical programs.
  • Creation of positive learning environments prioritizing the overall health and well-being of medical learners.
  • Approaches to tackle challenges associated with lifelong learning in medical education.
  • Emerging technologies that enhance instructional quality, mitigate educational disparities, and promote the health of medical learners.
  • Evaluation and discussion of the impact of distinctive regional or national medical education models and policies, including those specific to medical specialties, on the holistic health of learners.

This collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG #3: Good Health and Well-Being, SDG #4: Quality Education.

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