Medical Student Well-Being

Your Wellness Is Our Priority

The Medical Student Well-being (MSWB) Program promotes a healthy learning environment at the UCSF School of Medicine with programs specifically designed for medical students. We strive to provide support for our students focusing on mental and physical health, as well as spiritual, financial, environmental, and social well-being. Our priority is to support our students in their well-being through a variety of resources and programs available to you on-campus.

COVID-19 Virtual Student Well-Being Resources

The UCSF School of Medicine is committed to supporting your well-being during physical distancing and our response to COVID-19. We want to acknowledge the fatigue, stress, fear, anxiety and other challenging emotions that come with this shifting and remote learning environment. Below are some resources that will help you manage living remotely. Howard Rubin and Vittorio Comelli are scheduling virtual psychotherapy sessions. You can also always reach out to any member of the Student Experience Team at any time.

For Urgent Help

  • School of Medicine 24-Hour Urgent Line: (415) 476-1216, option 1
  • Medical Student Well-Being Program: (415) 476-0468
  • UCSF Student Health & Counseling: (415) 476-1281, option 2
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • National Crisis Text Line: 741-741
Virtual Well-Being Resources:

In addition to maintaining a regular schedule of eating well, sleeping, and exercising as you are able, we recommend taking time to dive into or try out a meditative or reflective practice of your choice – see a few options that colleagues have recommended below.  

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Community Resources, Tips and Articles
  • Headspace is offering U.S. health care professionals free access to premium content
  • Calm has a curated a list of free resources to use
  • Meditation app Simple Habit is offering free access to premium content to people financially affected by COVID-19 through the end of April. 
  • Meditation for Insomnia:

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Programs Created for You to Support You

The MSWB Program organizes and leads workshops and presentations to support your wellness throughout the school year.


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Free Psychotherapy

The staff for this program is especially trained in working with medical students. This service is free to all medical students and will always be confidential. We want you to feel safe here at UCSF and we are here to assist you with a broad range of difficulties that may arise during your medical education. To request free psychotherapy, please schedule an appointment below with either Dr. Howard Rubin or Vittorio Comelli via email or  by calling 415-476-0468.

Dr. Howard Rubin, Psychiatrist Director, Medical Student Well-being

Dr. Howard Rubin, Psychiatrist

Director, Medical Student Well-being



Vittorio Comelli, Psychologist Assistant Director, Medical Student Well-being

Vittorio Comelli, Psychologist

Assistant Director, Medical Student Well-being


MedPeers Program

This program connects medical students with peers who have completed at least three years of medical school. MedPeers can help with issues related to struggling with shelf exams, dealing with romantic relationships during medical school, determining whether you should file a SAFE report, finding career advisors in various specialties, navigating financial resources, unique challenges for students who identify as LGBTQ+, first gen, UIM, and/or having a disability/chronic illness. Email and the MedPeer on call will respond within 12-24 hours.

 Contact MedPeers

Key Well-being Resources