Student Wellness

The Office of Medical Student Wellness provides student life advising, wellness programming and learning environment initiatives to enable students to thrive academically and personally throughout their medical school experience. 

Guiding Principles

Our aim is to foster a safe and supportive learning environment. The following principles inform our work:

  • To empower students to develop their professional identity, and find meaning within their medical school experience
  • To enable students to succeed as lifelong leaders
  • To embrace the value of diversity and personal growth throughout the journey
  • To encourage self-careresiliency, wellness and the pursuit of one’s passions
  • To engage all individuals in the promotion of a sense of belonging within the community

Develop Professional Identity

2017 Transition to Clerkships Retreat

Pursue One's Passions

February 14, 2017 - 1 Billion Rising

Medical students, faculty, and staff members participate in mass action to end violence against women.

Dozens of white coats were carefully laid out to cover the steps of a Stanford Medicine building yesterday afternoon as part of the #ProtectOurPatients campaign, a grassroots movement seeking to defend the Affordable Care Act. (Link to SCOPE post)

Promote a Sense of Belonging

Ears for Peers Gathering


Stanford University Community Conversations on Mental Health & Well-Being - February 2020

On February 3rd and 4th, Stanford is organizing a series of workshops, roundtables, and presentations on mental health and well-being for the entire campus. More than a dozen sessions will focus on self-care, belonging, family issues, and academic stresses and will be held on main campus (Paul Brest Hall) and the Redwood City campus. The event is sponsored by the Office of the Provst and organized in collaboration with Stanford's exisiting mental health resource offices, the Office of Religious Life and Stanford Mental Health Coalition. For more information on the event, click here . Click the link below for the Community Conversation schedule.

Gun Violence and Public Health | What We Know (Podcast Link)

On March 14, 2018, Stanford Medicine Offices of Medical Education, Student Affairs, and Wellness organized a panel of experts (see below). Dr. Daniel Bernstein (Associate Dean for Curriculum and Student Scholarship) introduced the panel which was moderated by Dr. Lee Sanders (General Pediatrics).

  • Johan Fahimi, MD, PhD (Emergency Medicine, UCLA and Highland Hospital): Framing Gun Violence in the Public Health Context
  • Lisa Knowlton, MD (Surgery): The Trauma Surgery Perspective
  • Sarabeth Spitzer (Stanford Medical Student 3): The Economic Consequences
  • David Studdert, LLB, ScD (Stanford Law School): The Legal Context
  • Michelle Sandberg, MD (Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Stanford Pediatrics): A Clinician's Call to Action

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Report Mistreatment

OMSW is committed to promoting positive learning environments for all students. There are several confidential avenues for reporting an incident of student mistreatment. 

Mental Health Service

Crises counseling is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 650-723-3785

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