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Prior research shows that medical school is associated with increase in mental health morbidity that can serve as a foundation for professional burnout. Various efforts to address this such as addition to wellness initiatives into medical school curriculum have been implemented, but there is limited qualitative research that explores the lived experiences of medical students. In this study, we used the photo-elicitation method to explore the lived experiences of medical students. We asked ten graduating students to choose photographs that they had taken during their four-year medical school experience. We conducted recorded interviews with the medical students about the photographs they took. All interviews were transcribed verbatim, and thematic categories were identified from the transcripts using directed-content analysis. We used NVivo to then code and categorize our transcripts in order to link content with previous research and also identify new salient aspects of the lived experiences of medical students.