If you are a medical student or a physician, taking care
of yourself is a challenge in the best of times. In the most stressful
times, it can become nearly impossible if you're not familiar with tools
and support systems to make it easier. SIUSOM has developed an
ongoing program and tools to facilitate what the school believes is
a major professional responsibility for physicians: taking care
of yourself!!!!!!! This site is designed to communicate Wellness
Programming information to medical students and to gather Wellness
resources in a single location easily accessible to students.
Stress Management - Tips from a stress management professional about coping strategies to survive the fast pace and heavy workload of medical school.
Careers in Medicine Web Site (National) - Career planning is integral if students are to make the best career choices to foster their personal well-being for the rest of their professional lives.
Careers in Medicine at SIUSOM - A description of career planning activities specific to our school.
Patient Physician Relationship - A series of noontime discussions centered around literature, prose and poetry. One to three readings (30 minutes reading time or less) centered around themes of interest to medical students.
Individual sessions with students covering specific topics as needed with professionals in the field.
Evening Forums (contact Olympia (Bunny) Spurling with suggested topics)
What to Expect in Clerkships - Presented
by fourth-year students who have made it through.
Making it Through the Match - Presented by fourth-year students who have been through the match; Student Affairs Staff will also be available to answer questions about timetables and paperwork requirements.
Being a Married Woman Physician
Experiences in Private Practice
Depression in Health Care Professionals - A community psychiatrist discusses depression as it impacts our ability to provide care for patients and for ourselves.
Open Forum - Topic to be decided by students as needed.
Empathy - a series of discussions centered around literature, prose and poetry. One to three readings (30 minutes reading time or less) centered around themes of interest to medical students.
Counseling Center: 618-453-5371
University Career Services: 618-453-2391
Office of Student Affairs: 618-453-1531
Confidential Counseling Services - Students from either campus may contact Olympia (aka Bunny) Spurling, LCSW, at 217-545-4234 for confidential discussion of any issues.
Family Practice Center (primary medical resource)
SIU Center for Family Medicine
520 North 4th Street
Springfield, IL 62704
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Wednesday to 6:30 p.m.
Acute Care Clinic - same as above
Confidential Counseling Services: Students from either campus may contact Olympia Spurling, LCSW at 217-545-4234 or Pager Access # 1328 (from within Memorial Hospital or 801 North Rutledge) for confidential discussion of any issues
Office of Student Affairs: 217-545-2680
SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE (Community Hotline): 217-525-1789
SIUSOM RAPID RESPONSE TEAM - Faculty will carry a statewide pager and be available to respond to emergency calls from medical students on both campuses at any time, 24 hours per day. The faculty carrying this pager on a rotating basis will include the following (faculty will also respond to e-mail, though the time for response may be delayed - don't use e-mail for emergencies or confidential issues):
Articles from Family Practice Management Journal "Balancing Act" Series - Check these out for some great tips!!!! If you like them, recommend them to a friend or colleague.
Career Planning at SIUSOM - The Careers in Medicine Program