Medical Student Well-Being

Your Wellness Is Our Priority


UCSF strives to provide support for our students' mental and physical health, as well as spiritual, financial, environmental, and social well-being. Our priority is to support our students well-being through a variety of resources and programs available on-campus and through the medical school.

COVID-19 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 is scheduling virtual psychotherapy sessions. You can also always reach out to any member of the Student Experience Team at any time. 


Ginger is an app that offers confidential, on-demand emotional and mental health support for life challenges through coaching via text-based chats, self-guided activities, and video-based therapy and psychiatry. Coaches are available to chat 24/7, 365 days per year. Private video sessions with a therapist or psychiatrist are available outside of business hours on evenings and weekends. Learn more here.

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: 741741
COVID 19 Responsible Social Activities

While COVID-19 has restricted many large group gatherings, it is still possible to enjoy our great city in a responsible, socially distant way. From November 4-22, the Student Experience Team organized over 25 small groups, outdoor social activities that aligned with SFDPH guidelines. About 70 MS1s explored San Francisco through events like hiking, trips to the farmers market, neighborhood tours, or visits to the Botanical Gardens. See examples of these activities below. 

COVID  In-Person Socially Distant Activities

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.  

UCSF Resources
Community Resources, Tips and Articles
  • Headspace is offering U.S. health care professionals free access to premium content
  • Calm has 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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Medical Student Wellbeing Program (MSWB)

Free Psychotherapy and Medication Management

The staff for this program is specially 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 Dr. Howard Rubin via email or by calling 415-476-0468.

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

Howard Rubin, MD, Psychiatrist

Director, Medical Student Well-being

Please contact Dr. Rubin for medication management issues. 



MSWB Programs

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

Other Wellbeing Programs and Resources

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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 have a disability/chronic illness. Email and the MedPeer on call will respond within 12-24 hours.

 Contact MedPeers