Emotional & Mental Health

Emotional & Mental Health


Advisory Dean Support, Advisory Dean Groups
Advisory deans are always available to meet with students. They meet with their advisees once per week in lunch groups, and once per semester one-on-one.

Big Sib/Little Sib Program
All Duke first-year students are given a big sibling to whom they can hand out with or turn to for advice. In turn, second-year students are given the option to become big siblings for the next class of incoming first-years.

Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity strives to achieve an inclusive campus climate for students, staff, faculty, and alumni with marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions through education, advocacy, support, mentoring, academic engagement, and providing space.

Counseling and Psychological Services, Including SA assessment
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) helps Duke students enhance strengths and develop abilities to successfully live, grow, and learn in their personal and academic lives. They offer many services to Duke undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, including brief individual counseling/psychotherapy, consultation, couples and group counseling, assistance with referrals, and more.

Medical Disability Insurance Policy 
AMA-Sponsored Med Plus Advantage Group Disability Income Protection

Peer-to-Peer Wellness Advisors
Students can anonymously talk to older students on the phone at any hour of the day. They can also become peer advisers for other students.

Presentations on resilience and burnout
Students are taught to train their resilience like a muscle during orientation and are discuss strategies for dealing with burnout throughout the year.

SOM mental health provider referral network/ Duke SMIP coverage
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center is known nationally for providing state-of-the-art care based on treatments well supported by good solid science. They have a wide variety of clinics and clinicians that help adults 18 and older make smart changes to address problems with behavioral health, mental health, and/or substance use.

Women’s Center
The Duke University Women’s Center is dedicated to helping every woman at Duke become self-assured with a streetwise savvy that comes from actively engaging with the world. They welcome men and women alike who are committed to gender equity and social change.

Yoga Classes 
Yoga classes are offered at the Wilson and Brodie gyms.

SDAO services, disability insurance
The goal of SDAO is to provide and coordinate accommodations, support services, and programs that enable students with disabilities to have equal access to all Duke University programs and activities.

Medical Leave of Absence Policy
A medical leave of absence allows you to interrupt your studies because of medical reasons.  These may include mental and physical health issues, chronic conditions, emergency surgery, injuries, or any medical condition that makes continuing in courses impossible.

Policy on Appropriate Treatment and Committee on Appropriate Treatment
Duke upholds a set of standards on what is and is not appropriate treatment of learners by medical faculty. Students are given regular opportunities to anonymously or non-anonymously file any potential mistreatment reports to the Committee on Appropriate Treatment for review.

Orientation to the anatomy experience; memorial service for anatomical gifts donor families
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Sharing Stories sessions
Students are invited to share a personal experience of any kind with the other members of the group. The group’s goal is to facilitate the sharing of life experiences and perspectives within  the medical school student body and to promote deeper conversations and understanding of one another.

Schwartz Center Rounds
Schwartz Center Rounds is a monthly interdisciplinary conference that offers clinicians a regularly scheduled time during their fast-paced work lives to openly and honestly discuss social and emotional issues that arise in caring for patients.

Narrative Medicine Group
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Wellness station resources in Student Lounge
TSCHE is constantly being re-equipped with supplies to improve student wellness. In 2016 hammocks, massage chairs, board games, pleasure reading books, treadmill desks, and treadmill bikes were added to the student lounge and accessory spaces.