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Well-Being Resources

Guided by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) standards for accreditation, the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) community is committed to promoting and facilitating student well-being and adjustment to the intellectual, physical, and emotional challenges of medical school.

Medical school is an exciting time, but also can be stressful and having access to various kinds of support is vital.  Information about support services includes:  student health services, counseling, disability resources, and health insurance. 

Additionally, electives, lunch sessions, and student groups all contribute to building and promoting healthy living.  For example, students, along with LKSOM staff have organized pet therapy sessions for study breaks.

The Well-Being Advisory Committee is dedicated to enhancing student well-being at LKSOM. If you have any related resources or events that you’d like to contribute, please contact Jacquee Lukawski at or 215-707-1630.

General Information:

Student Health Services (Health Sciences Campus)


Dorrit Sterner, MD

Phone: 215-707-4088

Basic health care for students is provided through the Student Health Services office at Temple University Health Sciences Center. The service is designed to offer students easily accessible care at low costs. Routine appointments and same-day care is available. Referrals for specialty care are made through Temple University General Internal Medicine.

Students may make appointments to see physicians in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (215-707-3007) and the Department of Psychiatry (215-707-3364) directly or through Student Health Services. Remember to identify yourself as a medical student if you call a department directly.

Mental Health Services

Center for Professional Development

Confidential behavioral health services provided including: Psychiatry, Educational assessments, Psychotherapy, Substance Use assessments, Mindfulness training, Psychological Assessments, Bio/Neurofeedback. Services are provided free of charge.

Philadelphia campus:

Dr. William J. Heran, PhD, LCSW
Clinical Director, Psychotherapist
Phone: 215-915-5078

Janet Castellini, MSS, LCSW
Phone: 609-504-2522

Ryan Connelly, MS, MD
Phone: 267-332-8114

Jerome F. Knast, PhD
Educational Psychologist
Phone: 215-915-5078

Eehwa Ung, PhD
Phone: 215-915-5078

Affiliate campuses:

Thomas Vallella, PsyD (St. Luke's Regional Campus)
Clinical Psychologist
Phone: 610-434-2431

Michael Carr, LPC (Geisinger Campus)
Licensed Professional Counselor
Phone: 570-441-5422

Tuttleman Counseling Services (TCS)

Tuttleman Counseling Services is a comprehensive provider of mental health services including individual, group, and couples counseling as well as psychiatric services. TCS provides consultation on mental health issues, for students, families, faculty, and staff. All services are free and confidential for Temple University students. Be sure to check out their website for a wealth of self-help resources on topics such as ADD, Anxiety, Depression, Relationships, LGBTQ, Eating Disorders, and much more!

2nd floor of 1700 N. Broad Street, Temple University Main Campus

Phone: 215-204-7276

Sexual Assault Counseling and Education (SACE)

The SACE program offers crisis intervention, case management, counseling, and advocacy work for Temple students who have experienced sexual assault, partner violence, childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and/or stalking. Please visit the Walk-In Clinic at TCS to request services from the SACE unit.

Disability Resources & Services (DRS)

Dr. Melanie Cosby is the medical school liaison with DRS. She may be contacted at 215-707-8856 or

Wellness Resource Center

The Wellness Resource Center is an on-campus office staffed by health professionals and peer health educators who are committed to providing comprehensive wellness education, resources, and prevention services to Temple University students. This office is located on the main campus; however, there are a wealth of resources available via their website.

Peer Support:

There are a number of ways in which medical students support one another, some formal and some informal. One of the initial contacts that is made is during the transition into medical school, where incoming students are assisted by rising second year students. Orientation coordinators also provide meaningful support to students as they prepare for medical school at LKSOM.

Additionally, Our Wellness Liaisons (otherwise known as OWLs) provide ongoing mentorship and access to well-being resources for their classmates and peers. OWLs participate in the Well-Being Advisory Committee and offer programming such as care packages for second year students preparing for the Step 1 exam, ice cream socials, and much more!

Additional Resources:

Healthy Lifestyles Guide

IBX Stress Management Module (25 minutes)

Self-Help Brochures

AAMC Well-Being Presentation