Health & Wellness
Drexel University College of Medicine believes wellness is not the mere absence of disease, but an active approach to achieving optimum levels of health that includes physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being.
Wellness topics are included in the formal curriculum and supported by the Wellness Program workshops and seminars that provide information and active opportunities in developing healthy habits and lifestyles. Students can take an active role in creating wellness programs and events for the student body by serving as wellness representatives for their learning societies.
To help students achieve optimum health, the College of Medicine provides on-campus fitness centers, recreational facilities, relaxation events and professional counseling.
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The Drexel Student Health Center offers comprehensive health services to support the academic and social well-being of all students. The Student Health Center is available to all graduate students, including full-time, part-time and online students, who are enrolled in classes for the current quarter in which services are needed. Visit the website for information on how to schedule an appointment.
Students who have the Drexel Student Health Insurance Plan will not have any out-of-pocket charges for provider services when they’re seen at the Student Health Center. In general, lab work, specialty referrals, etc. will be covered as usual by their health insurance.
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The Office of Counseling and Health Services offers free, confidential counseling services to all graduate students, including in-person care for full-time graduate students on campus on the University City and Center City campuses and remote services for all graduate students over the phone via peer counseling and other call services, and online via articles, videos, screenings and webinars.
All students are welcome and encouraged to connect with the Counseling Center for assistance.
The Counseling Center offers a range of free, confidential counseling services to currently enrolled full-time students in an atmosphere that is welcoming and comfortable for all students. Counseling services include individual and group therapy, medication management, skills workshops, outreach programming, referral services, after hours crisis care, and training and consultations for faculty/staff.
To schedule a counseling appointment, you may visit the Counseling Center in person, call, or send an e-mail.
On-Campus Counseling for Medical Students
A full-time psychiatrist and a psychologist are available to all medical students to provide assessment, psychotherapy, medication and resources for referral if necessary. Services are provided on-site at the Queen Lane campus. In addition, first- and second-year students may participate in weekly "wellness group" meetings which provide them with the opportunity to share their experiences and support each other as they progress through the program. All services as well as additional wellness programming are offered at no cost to the student and are completely confidential.
For contact information and more details about services, please visit webcampus.drexelmed.edu/osa/.
Drexel Peer Counseling is a free, confidential and anonymous helpline available to all graduate students, including part-time and online students. It is staffed by volunteer students who help to provide support, referrals and a listening ear to all students. This is NOT a hotline for crisis intervention, but rather a helpline to freely discuss troublesome topics. Click on the link to visit the website and view some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
7 Cups is a free 24/7 peer-to-peer anonymous online chat function that connects its users with caring listeners who help provide emotional support for non-crisis issues, along with other functions such as guides on maintaining mental wellness. To access 7 Cups, visit 7 Cups website and submit the Drexel-specific password "dragons" to enter. 7 Cups is available to all graduate students, including part-time and online students.
Free Online Mental Health Screening
The Counseling Center participates in the Screening for Mental Health program, a national initiative which can be accessed by students who may have questions about whether or not their current concerns may warrant additional help. This online screening is free, anonymous and quick. It is provided so that you may find out - in a few minutes - whether or not professional consultation would be helpful to you. Screening is available to all graduate students, including part-time and online students.
Please visit helpyourselfhelpothers.org for more information and to take a free, anonymous screening.
Click here to find presentations and handouts on a variety of mental health topics and links to additional information online. This resource is available to all graduate students, including part-time and online students.
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The Office of Student Affairs sponsors and co-sponsors wellness programming with MD program student groups throughout the year at the Queen Lane campus. Events such as Wellness Week, blood drives, chair massages and weekly exercise classes are just a few examples. In addition, a seminar series is hosted throughout the year that has included topics on sleep, stress management, nutrition, and managing personal finances, along with giveaways at each event. There are also pop-up ice cream socials and a campus favorite…dog therapy! The program provides the opportunity for interested students to become involved by becoming a class wellness representative.
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SupportLinc, a 24/7 confidential and professional service for support, guidance, counseling, and resources, is available to all graduate students and their families and household members at no cost.
SupportLinc is designed to help you address the challenges that life, school, work, and relationships can bring. You can access confidential, 24/7 counseling with a licensed professional in person or virtually. In-person and virtual counseling for short-term issues are available for up to six sessions per person, per issue, per year.
What can SupportLinc help me with?
SupportLinc's many services include:
- SHORT-TERM COUNSELING: Receive in-person or virtual counseling sessions with a licensed clinician to address issues such as depression, stress, relationship problems, grief, substance abuse, anxiety or other emotional health concerns.
- DEPENDENT/ELDER CARE REFERRALS: SupportLinc provides participants with an experienced team of specialists who offer guidance and referrals for all stages of life, such as child-care, elder care, back-up care, adoption, summer camps and education. Each participant receives personalized attention and consultation on all aspects. During each step, the referrals are reviewed for detail, scope, and applicability to the original request. All referrals are provided to the participant within two business days.
- RETIREMENT COACH: Receive consultation and guidance from a licensed clinician experienced in transitioning to retirement, as well as referrals to resources for adjusting to retirement. We want to ensure that your emotional needs are met through this life transition.
- CONCIERGE EXPERT REFERRALS: SupportLinc's knowledgeable specialists provide referrals to resources that help address a wide range of services such as travel, car rental, vacation planning, pet care, home repair and housing needs. Whatever need arises, SupportLinc's work/life specialists are there to help.
- FINANCIAL SERVICES: SupportLinc provides expert financial planning and consultation through a network of licensed financial counselors providing brief telephonic consultations (30 minutes) for a variety of issues, such as debt reduction, home buying, budgeting, foreclosure prevention, bankruptcy prevention, financial goal setting, estate/financial planning, identity theft recovery and credit report review. There will be a fee for service if participants choose to move forward with a financial planner.
- LEGAL SERVICES: The SupportLinc program provides free 30-minute telephonic or face-to-face consultation with a local attorney.
- WEB PORTAL: The SupportLinc web portal provides access to thousands of articles, tip sheets and videos covering a wide array of health, well-being and work-life balance topics. The site also contains child and elder care search engines, reference libraries, legal and financial resources, self-improvement programs and educational training modules.
- MOBILE APP: The SupportLinc eConnect® mobile app allows you to talk or chat directly with a SupportLinc counselor or schedule a time for SupportLinc to call you. Textcoach®, also known as 'text therapy,' is part of the SupportLinc program as well.
- NAVIGATOR: SupportLinc's new Evidence-Based Digital Assessment provides a resource to help those who may be experiencing a mental health concern and will navigate them through the EAP process and deliver a personalized risk-analysis with recommendations for a call to action.
- ANIMO: SupportLinc's personalized digital resource strengthens mental health and overall well-being through a dynamic series of self-directed modules, which can be accessed 24/7, 365 days a year, on your own time at your own pace.
All requests for information or assistance through the SupportLinc program are free of charge and completely confidential. You can contact SupportLinc anytime, around-the-clock, 365 days a year.
How do I access SupportLinc?
- Connect with a live SupportLinc representative by calling their 24/7 helpline at 1.888.881.5462.
- Log in to the SupportLinc website (username "drexel") under the Web Access section of the homepage.
- To download the SupportLinc eConnect® mobile app, scan the QR code or visit the Apple/iTunes or Google Play app store. (The mobile username is "drexel.")
To learn more about SupportLinc, watch this brief orientation video.
Click to Download a Brochure [PDF].
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The GuidanceResources® program, which is available to all graduate students, including part-time and online students, offers 24/7 confidential support, resources and information on a variety of work-life topics, including:
- Confidential Emotional Support
- Personal Health, Wellness & Relationship Support
- Personal & Professional Development Resources
- Travel & Cultural Assimilation Guidance
- Legal Guidance
- Financial Resources
How do I access GuidanceResources®?
This toll-free number gives you direct, confidential 24/7 access to a GuidanceConsultant℠, who will answer your questions and, if needed, refer you to a counselor or other resources.
Go Online: https://www.guidanceresources.com/
Download the App: GuidanceResources® Now
User name = LFGsupport
Password = LFGsupport1
Log on today to connect directly with a GuidanceConsultant℠ about your issue or to consult articles, podcasts, videos, on-demand trainings, and other helpful tools.
Some matters are best resolved by meeting with a professional in person. In-person help for short-term issues is also available for up to five sessions with a counselor per person, per issue, per year.
Click to Download a Resource Guide [PDF].
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The Student Activity Center at Queen Lane features a fitness center complete with cardio and weightlifting equipment along with TVs, lockers and showers. Adjacent to the gym is an additional activity area that has a pool table, ping pong tables, slack line, and couches for students to utilize. Just outside the Student Activities Center, there's a basketball court and plenty of outdoor space for students to toss a Frisbee, kick a soccer ball, or just hang out by the garden in one of the hammocks.
College of Medicine students also receive full access to Drexel University's Recreation Center in University City. This 240,000 sq. foot health and recreational complex promotes and encourages personal fitness and lifelong health through diverse programs.
Wellness Wheel image is adopted from the Six Dimensions of Wellness Model ©1976 by Bill Hettler, MD accessed via https://abcpediatrics.org/2019/01/25/how-many-spokes-of-the-wellness-wheel-have-you-got-covered/ 1/23/2020
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