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Center for Student Wellness

All the wellness resources you need to thrive in every aspect of life.

Student Wellness

The Division of Student Affairs' Center for Student Wellness offers students a wealth of resources related to every aspect of well-being:

Physical wellness icon Physical

Emotional wellness icon Emotional

Social wellness icon Social

Spiritual wellness icon Spiritual

Intellectual wellness icon Intellectual

Occupational wellness Occupational

Environmental wellness icon Environmental

Financial wellness icon Financial

Current students can log in to our wellness resources SharePoint site.

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A message from the director of student wellness

“There’s a reason flight attendants tell passengers to don their own oxygen masks first if they wish to rescue others. Rendering effective care always depends on the health of the provider. For too long, medical education culture was predicated on a stoicism that invited students and learners to hide their anxiety and bury their stress. The predictable result is that doctors have higher rates of depression, suicide and self-reported burnout than the general public. The Center for Student Wellness is dedicated to creating a new narrative — one that offers a permanent, structured approach to holistic student well-being.

Whether you need to decompress by walking on a treadmill or calm your anxiety with solid financial advice, the Center for Student Wellness has your back. I’m here to be sure you have the resources you need to succeed and become the professional you’ve dreamed of becoming.”

To your health,
Halle B. Ellison, MD, MAS PSHQ, FACS, director of student wellness
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Center for Student Wellness

The 16,000-square-foot Center for Student Wellness is located on the fourth floor of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine's west wing. Offering natural light and panoramic views of downtown Scranton, the space is devoted to multiple realms of wellness, including physical, emotional and spiritual.

The center features:

  • Dedicated exercise space and equipment
  • Locker rooms and showers
  • Lactation room
  • Meditation and prayer room
  • Multicultural center
  • Student government offices
  • Collaborative workspace
  • Student lounge
  • Kitchenette
  • Geisinger Commonwealth food pantry
  • Engagement and learning rooms
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Physical and emotional wellness

Physical and emotional wellness are key to academic and professional success. Students have access to free fitness classes and facilities at the Medical Sciences Building in Scranton and services through:

•  Student Health Services
•  Student Psychological Services
•  TimelyMD
•  Community providers

You can also take advantage of:

•  The CARE Team, which helps students who have concerning behaviors or thoughts. 
•  Training in mental health first aid, which teaches students how to manage crises and build your mental health literacy. 
•  The Geisinger Commonwealth Peer Support (GPS) program, which can help students adjust to medical school and life in a new community and provide social support. 

Intellectual wellness

Our Department of Medical Education, Division of Student Affairs, Office of Research and Scholarship and the library work together to nurture students’ intellectual growth. Resources include:

•  Faculty support – Preclinical students can take advantage of faculty office hours. We also offer a specialty mentoring program focused on clinical advising and career development.
•  The Center for Learning Excellence (CLE) – This office oversees peer mentoring, provides academic and career advising for preclinical students and accessibility support for all students.
•  Regional education specialists – These people oversee student clinical scheduling and academic advising for clinical campus students.
•  The Office of Research and Scholarship – Our biomedical research and training programs target health issues prevalent in northeastern and central Pennsylvania.
•  Library
•  Student Education Group (SEG) – This group gives students a voice in the curriculum and other issues.

Environmental wellness

We help students connect with nature and a healthy environment during medical school.

•  Natural environment – Our student gardening club manages a community garden in Scranton. Our wellness hub includes information on local parks and trails. And we’re building a community exchange program to give students, faculty and staff a way to share goods, reducing waste and building community. 
•  Medical Sciences Building and regional campuses – The newly-renovated building houses the Center for Student Wellness. Each regional campus site provides dedicated space for students.
•  Learning environment – We offer monthly forums with Geisinger College, where students can discuss anything on their minds. They can also use our online forms to register concerns — or recognize fellow students’ achievements.

Spiritual wellness

The Center for Student Wellness is home to meditation and prayer rooms. Or students can join a club to connect spiritually with fellow students.

Occupational wellness

Occupational wellness is supported through the Center for Career Development. Our Career Pathways Program helps students form their professional identity, using the AAMC Careers in Medicine model. 

Students also meet with an assigned career coach twice a year and have access to mentors in multiple specialties and subspecialities.

Social wellness

We want students to build positive relationships and offer resources that include:

•  Student government, clubs and organizations  
•  Learning communities at each regional campus 
•  A Health and Wellness Committee that gives students a voice in wellness issues 
•  Geisinger Commonwealth Peer Support Program (GPS)

Financial wellness

Geisinger College helps students with financial planning and debt management. The Office of Financial Aid delivers a financial wellness curriculum that covers topics such as:

•  Loan portfolios
•  Debt management
•  Budget planning

Students can meet with financial advisers and have access to information through webinars, videos and podcasts. We also support travel to present research or to participate in multicultural conferences. And students complete the Financing Your Future program as they transition to residency. 

Students can also find free non-perishable food in our student pantry or request help from our emergency fund if they have unexpected costs. 

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