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.
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.
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.
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/.