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M.D. Program

M.D. Program

Counseling Services for Medical Students at UC Davis

UC Davis School of Medicine offers access to counseling services for medical students at the Sacramento Health Center Campus to help your realize your academic and personal goals. We offer free, confidential care in two ways:  Through services provided by the UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS), and through the UC Davis School Of Medicine Counseling Services/Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) .  Both programs have experienced staff dedicated to assisting students, and to enriching the university community by providing educational programs, psychological consultation and other types of outreach activities.  In addition to the scheduled services on the medical campus, SHCS provides drop-in Urgent Care services at the main campus (see below for more information).

School of Medicine Counseling Services: The SOM Counseling Services office is located in Suite 1400 of the Facilities Support Services Building (FSSB) at 4800 2nd Ave.  The initial appointment with your counselor will help clarify your needs and determine appropriate services.  Topics which can be addressed include: stress management, personal development, anxiety, depression, work/life balance, academic problems, career planning, professional identity, interpersonal relationships and communication skills, sexual identity concerns, eating disorders, and difficulties with substance use.  Some evening appointments are available.

Making An Appointment:  To make an appointment at the medical campus, please email medschoolcounseling@ucdavis.edu. A professional staff member from each service (SHCS and UCDSOM Counseling Services/ASAP) will receive that initial email, and you will be assigned to a counselor based on availability and your stated needs, and the counselor will get back to you within one business day.  If you prefer not to email, you can call 530-752-0871 during normal business hours, tell the SHCS Receptionist you are a medical student seeking services, and s/he will take a message for you and have the SHCS counselor call you back within two business days. If you need more immediate assistance, please call (530) 752-2349 at the main campus and identify yourself as a medical student. Same-day appointments are sometimes available, but walk-in services are currently not available at the FSSB office.

SHCS Urgent Care and Crisis Response:  Drop-in urgent care services are available daily for urgent matters during normal business hours of operation (see below) at the Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) at 930 Orchard Road on the Davis campus (off La Rue Rd.)  Call ahead at (530) 752-2349 to help them best assist you.

SHWC Davis Campus Normal Hours of Operation (including Urgent Care):   
     M, T, Th, F from 8:00am to 5:30pm; Wed. 9:00am to 5:30pm

24/7 Phone Lines:  If you have an emergency after normal hours of operation, you can call the SHCS Appointment Desk/Advice Nurse at (530) 752-2349 and follow the prompts to connect you to a mental health professional.  You can call anonymously or give your name.  If you leave your name and state you are a medical student wanting a call back, a staff member from SHCS will call you back the next business day.

Eligibility:  Counseling services are offered at no cost to registered students.  Partners of student are also seen for free when participating in couples therapy with a registered student.