Health Issues

Robertson (2002: 30) in his article on dental education, states that “our memories can be influenced by stress, drugs, and aging.” Hence, any one of these factors can affect the ability of students to learn new material and concepts. [1]

Research suggests that students with learning difficulties or health issues experience a high level of stress during their academic career. This higher level of stress can lead to increasing vulnerability to new or pre-existing health conditions. [2][3][4]

Recognizing that students learning difficulties may be a reflection of an underlying health situation may be the first step to assisting a student towards completing a successful clinical experience.

[1] Robertson, L.T. (2002). Memory and the Brain. Journal of Dental Education, 66(1): 30-42. Available online at:
[2] Carroll, J.M. & Iles, J.E. (2006). An assessment of anxiety levels in dyslexic students in higher education. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 76: 651-662. Availlable online at:
[3] Coles, C.R. (1990). Helping students with learning difficulties in medical and health-care education. Medical Education, 24: 300-312. Available online at:
[4] Yonge, O., Myrick, F., & Haase, M. (2002). Student Nurse Stress in the Preceptorship Experience. Nurse Educator, 27(2): 84-88. Available online: