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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. Having access to various kinds of support is vital.  Information about support services includes:  student health services, counseling, disability resources, and health insurance. 

Peer Support:

There are a number of ways in which our 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 second year students provide meaningful support to incoming 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, water ice socials, and much more!

The Doctoring course and colleges, 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 jkl@temple.edu or 215-707-1630.

General Information:

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Office of Student Affairs Canvas Course

All MD students have access to the Office of Student Affairs course in Canvas, where a wealth of well-being resources are available.

Student Health Services

Physician

Dorrit Sterner, MD
Student Faculty Center, Lower Basement
Health Sciences Campus
3340 N. Broad Street
Phone: 215-707-4088
http://temple.edu/studenthealth

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.

Mental Health Services

LKSOM Student Mental Health Services

Confidential behavioral health services provided including: Psychiatry, Educational assessments, Psychotherapy, Substance Use assessments, Mindfulness training, Psychological Assessments. Services are provided free of charge. Philadelphia appointments are available on the Health Sciences Campus, on Temple Main Campus, and in Center City. For an initial appointment, please call 215-915-5078.

Philadelphia campus:

Katherine Connolly, PsyD
Psychotherapist
Phone: 215-915-5078

Jonathan Kersun, MD
Psychiatrist
Phone: 215-880-8329

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

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

Hours: By appointment only

Affiliate campuses:

St. Luke’s Regional Campus
Thomas Vellella, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist
Phone: 610-434-2431

Geisinger Regional Campus
Undergraduate Medical Education Office
Phone: 570-271-6697

Tuttleman Counseling Services (TCS)

2nd floor of 1700 N. Broad Street
Temple University Main Campus
Phone: 215-204-7276
http://counseling.temple.edu

Tuttleman Counseling Services (TCS) 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 the TCS website for a wealth of self-help resources on topics such as ADD, Anxiety, Depression, Relationships, LGBTQ, Eating Disorders, and much more!

Resiliency Resource Center

The Resiliency Resource Center offers resources for Temple students who are both new to Tuttleman Counseling Services and to those who are in therapy and wish to build on skills that they have begun to develop in their individual or group therapy. Resources include on-line materials, workbooks, meditation and relaxation exercises, biofeedback and bright light therapy among others. Undergraduate psychology interns are available to assist with location and operation of materials.

The Resiliency Resource Center is open from 10am-3pm Monday through Friday during Fall and Spring semesters and may be accessed by attending WIC or contacting your current clinician. Additionally, resources are available online at https://counseling.temple.edu/resiliency-resource-center-0.

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)

http://disabilityresources.temple.edu

Mission Statement: To advance Temple University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, Disability Resources and Services provides leadership to the university community to ensure that students with a disability have full access to the university experience.

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

Wellness Resource Center

Temple University main campus
Mitten Hall, lower level
1913 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-8436
http://wellness.temple.edu

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 is a wealth of resources available via their website.

Our Wellness Liaisons (OWLs)

The OWLs are available for confidential, non-judgmental conversation with other members of their Doctoring college. These conversations could involve dealing with general stress, overcoming academic challenges, confronting professionalism and inclusion issues of peers or faculty, or other relevant issues they may face. In addition to serving as an empathetic peer to hear students’ concerns, the OWL is able to provide solutions consistent with their training or refer students to other resources Temple University has to offer.

For more information, contact Head OWLs mariah.ondeck@temple.edu or rahul.bussa@temple.edu.

Ginsberg Health Sciences Library

MERB, 1st Floor
3500 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Phone: 215-707-2665
https://library.temple.edu/hsl/about

Ginsburg Health Sciences Library offers seating for nearly 1,000 including group study rooms, open tables, study carrels and cycling desks. There is a meditation room and a lactation room. The library includes an Innovation Space featuring virtual reality and 3D printing. Ginsburg Library lends laptops, noise canceling headphones and portable standing desks. The library also offers wellness programs, such as, therapy dogs throughout the academic year: http://ginsburgstudy.temple.edu/calendar/events.

Healthy Lifestyles Guide
http://guides.temple.edu/healthylifestyles

The Healthy Lifestyles guide was developed by the Ginsburg Health Sciences Libraries to help the Temple University community and beyond access healthy lifestyle resources. The guide covers: nutrition, physical activity, sleep, mental health, stress management and Temple healthy lifestyle resources.

HSC Recreation Center

Student Faculty Center, RM 105
3340 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Phone: 215-707-4017
https://studentcenter.temple.edu/hsc-recreation-center

The 15,000 sq. ft. recreation center includes a weight room, separate cardio area, plyometric room, basketball court, racquetball court, and dance studio averaging over 3,600 people per month using the facility. This includes students, staff, faculty from all HSC schools and the Temple University Health System. The weight room has a wide selection of dumbbells and other free weights including a total of 7 bench press, and squat racks, or try the kettlebells and plyoboxes. In addition, students can take part in fitness classes such as boot camp and step aerobics. The recreation center also sponsors multiple intramural sports throughout the year including basketball, indoor soccer, racquetball, volleyball, and table tennis. There is no fee for HSC students.

For students seeking a lap swimming pool, one is available free of charge with TU ID on the Temple University main campus in the lower level of Pearson-McGonigle Hall.

Health Insurance

It is medical school policy that all students are required to carry health insurance. As a medical student you have the following options:

  • Enroll in one of the University sponsored plans or
  • Provide proof of coverage from an outside insurance company. If you have coverage from an outside insurance company you MUST complete a Waiver of Insurance and Certification of Outside Health Insurance Coverage form during the open enrollment period.

University sponsored plan options, monthly premiums, enrollment/waiver process and student health insurance requirements can be found on the HR website at: http://www.temple.edu/hr/students/index.html.

If outside health insurance is lost for any reason, you should contact Joanne Handler at joanneh@temple.edu or 215-707-7846.