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Wellness

Academic Success

Support Offices

Outlined by the School of Medicine’s Dimensions of Well-Being, the Office of Student Affairs works with several departments to support medical student well-being in a variety of ways.

  • Emotional

    Connections to professionals who can help medical students develop a foundation for emotional well-being is crucial to fighting burnout and managing mental illness. The School of Medicine has several mental health resources for students that support emotional well-being and can students figure out which one works best.

  • Spiritual

    Both Hofstra University (through the Interfaith Center) and Northwell Health (through Chaplaincy Services) have robust chaplaincy services, including resources to external houses of worship. In addition, Student Council manages an Interfaith Committee, a cohort of student organizations focused on exploring and educating the student body on faith-based issues.

  • Social

    Student Council works with student social representatives to plan events throughout the year for each class and on a school-wide basis. These events range from annual events (such as the NYC Halloween Party and Winter Formal) to class specific events (such as Bar&R, Bowling and Senior Week). Many social events are fiscally supported by Student Council to encourage student attendance.

  • Physical

    Located a short walk from the School of Medicine, the Fitness Center is located on Hofstra University’s north campus and is free to all current medical students. Our students take advantage of this resource, as we are the largest graduate student population to consistently take advantage of this! Whether it’s involvement in an intramural sport, attending a fitness class or working out after class, medical students find this to be one of our most useful resources for physical well-being.

    Our Student Wellness Committee, in partnership with the Wilderness Medicine Club, maintains an Outdoor Trails Database, list of local trails & parks that student have visited. This shared document is updated on an annual basis. 

    Medical students also have access to the gym facilities at North Shore University Hospital, similar to the resources available for employees. Students interested in gaining swipe access should fill out the appropriate forms, which can be found at the bottom of their class emails or the Student Affairs Weekly Newsletter. 

  • Financial

    The Office of Student Finance supports students in applying for financial aid, and also acts as a resource for financial well-being for medical students. Resources such as the Educational Debt Manager, AAMC’s FIRST program and budget management tools are available. In addition, the Office of Student Finance offer individual counseling appointments to student who would like to discuss a financial well-being plan for during and after medical school.

  • Occupational

    The Office of Career Advisement offers occupational resources, supported by the AAMC’s Careers in Medicine program, to assist medical students in choosing a specialty. Programming to explore various specialties and self-assessments to narrow choices are available for first- and second-year students. In the third and fourth years, students are assigned two advisors specific to their interests. Alongside additional resources, these advisors help students navigate the process of applying to residency programs.

  • Intellectual

    Intellectual well-being is the cornerstone of success as a medical student. The Office of Academic Success offers a variety of resources to assist students in this success, inclusive of tutoring, study skills and peer support. For students looking to supplement their knowledge, there are also several curricular initiatives at the medical school, such as joint degrees, certificate programs and scholarly concentrations.