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Student Health Services

Psychological counseling, and related mental health support services are offered to all students enrolled in the School of Medicine both through Hofstra University’s Student Counseling Services and the Health System's Physicians' Resource Network (PRN).

Student Counseling Services are intended to assist medical students with emotional difficulties, personal adjustment concerns, facilitating meaningful personal growth, and helping students attain their greatest educational development. Services include the following:

• Individual and group counseling, including short-term counseling interventions, which generally emphasize cognitive-behavioral and evidence-based strategies, administered by a staff of licensed psychologists and intern psychologists enrolled in Hofstra University’s APA accredited doctoral programs in psychology.
• Consultation and referral
• Psycho-educational programs

Student Counseling Services is located on the South Campus, within a ten minute walk from the medical school. When the office is closed, students have access to on-call crisis counseling for Campus-based mental health emergencies.

All services are provided in a professional atmosphere and regarded as confidential. Furthermore, policy prohibits health professionals who provide psychiatric/psychological counseling or other sensitive health services to medical students, from having any involvement in the academic evaluation or promotion of the students receiving those services. In fact, counseling staff are prohibited from participation in the School of Medicine's education program.

In addition, Hofstra medical students, like employed North Shore - LIJ Physicians, may utilize services from a broad array of network providers. The Physicians Resource Network (PRN) serves as a free triage designed to pair individuals with the most appropriate resources in the community. Students have full access to North Shore-LIJ Health’s main PRN office, which is housed in a professional medical office building in Manhasset, NY. PRN has the following advantages:

PRN maintains a continuously updated list of behavioral professional resources within the community, including those professionals who are knowledgeable and skilled in addressing the needs of health care professionals. PRN service has been particularly successful in handling the needs of North Shore-LIJ Health’s interns, residents, and fellows, who are generally faced with extraordinary personal and institutional demands.

Services and confidentiality provided by PRN meet HIPAA (state and federal) standards applicable to mental health and substance abuse services. Since the service is free of charge, participants are afforded an extra layer of privacy, as no electronic billing records are generated by PRN.

Policy prohibits staff members of PRN from being involved in decisions involving a medical student’s academic evaluation or promotion.

Hofstra University Health and Wellness Center

Hofstra University Health and Wellness Center
Republic Hall, North Campus
(516) 463-6745

The Hofstra University Health and Wellness Center is available to all students. Presently, during the academic year, the hours of operation are:

Academic year:
Monday through Thursday 10:00 A.M. - 6:45 P.M.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 A.M. - 5:45 P.M.
Intersession and summer:
Monday through Friday 9:00 A.M. - 4:45 P.M.

During the hours when the Health and Wellness Center is unavailable, all Hofstra University Public Safety officers are certified first responders and will assist any student in need of medical services.

If a SOM student should need services when they are in proximity to any of the North Shore-LIJ Health facilities, those services would be covered under their benefit program. If the need for services were as a result of workplace illness or injury, they are covered by North Shore-LIJ Health, as it does for all employees. The proper Worker ’s Compensation notification protocols must be followed.

Further, as their health program covers situations requiring emergency room services, physicals, and well-women’s exams, to the extent any medical school student desired more privacy, they would be able to access their selected doctor for these services.