The pursuit of medicine can be stressful at times. That's why U-M Medical School emphasizes the importance of maintaining a balanced life between academic studies and personal well-being.
As a student, you have access to excellent health care, including:
- A medical student mental health consultation service, established in 1996.
- A Student contemplation room in the Taubman Health Sciences Library offers private space where students can go to reflect, practice mindfulness, and/or meditation.
- The U-M School of Dentistry offers complete dental checkups to students at a discounted fee.
- The University Health Service offers comprehensive outpatient services to students.
All enrolled medical students are required to have health care insurance coverage. This requirement may be fulfilled by maintaining an existing healthcare plan (most likely coverage under an parental plan), or enrollment in a healthcare plan offered through the University of Michigan (GradCare for medical students or the Domestic Student Health Insurance Plan (DSHIP) through the University Health Services for all U of M students). It will be your responsibility to determine which healthcare plan is best for you. Neither the Medical School nor the University will assume any responsibility for your acts, errors, or omissions in determining comparable health care coverage.
For more information on the University healthcare plans, please visit the websites below:
- GradCare Health Insurance Plan: https://hr.umich.edu/benefits-wellness/health-well-being/health-plans/gradcare
- Domestic Student Health Insurance Plan (DSHIP): https://www.uhs.umich.edu/dship
For more information on other possible health insurance options visit:
You are eligible to enroll in Dental Option 1, 2 or 3. Enrollment is not automatic and there is a monthly cost for this coverage. The monthly premium will be charged to your student account.
Disability Income Insurance Program
The University of Michigan Medical School enrolls you in a Disability Program through the Med Plus Advantage program. This LTD benefit with pay you a monthly benefit in the event that you become disabled. This plan also gives you important options when you complete medical school.
The benefits of this plan include:
Monthly Benefit: $1,500
Loan Payoff Benefit (to be paid in part of full upon meeting the definition of Permanent and Total Disability): $225,000
Benefit Waiting Period: If a claim for LTD benefits is approved, benefits become payable after a student has been continuously disabled for 90 days
Maximum Benefit Period: Benefits until Retirement while disabled (SSNRA)
To get 24/7/365 access to your certificate which contains complete details about your Long-Term Disability plan, visit: https://www.medplusadvantage.com/ and enter ID number: 644215
You can also access claims forms, brochures and contact information
When you graduate, your group long-term disability insurance is "portable" into residency and practice, and may be continued. If you decide to continue your coverage, your benefit will increase to $2,000 a year for pt/2nd years and $2,500 for 3rd+ year of residency.
To request a consultation about continuing or converting your coverage,
Liability Coverage for Students Taking part in Clinical Experiences
The Office of Medical Student Education (OMSE) receives many questions concerning liability coverage for students doing clinical experiences. OMSE suggests the following guidelines for determining if an activity is covered by our liability policy:
- If the student is working in a clinical setting for credit toward the M.D. degree, he or she is covered by our liability policy.
- If the student is working with one of our faculty members (including adjunct faculty) in an activity which enhances his or her education and that faculty member is supervising that student, he or she is covered by our liability insurance. (Example: A clinical student on an Educational Leave of Absence to do research, arranges to work in the clinic with an individual faculty member once a week.)
- Students engaging in such activities while on leave of absence status must get approval of the Associate Dean for Student Programs and must register their activity with the Office of Medical Student Education. The student is responsible for completing a brief form (available at OMSE) and obtaining the supervising faculty member's signature. Completed forms will be kept on file in the OMSE office.
- If a student is involved in a mentoring or shadowing program (in which he or she spends time in a clinical setting as an observer) to enhance his or her education, outside the University of Michigan Hospital setting, and the program is an approved program through a student organization or clinical department, he or she is covered by our liability insurance. If the student has arranged to do such an experience independently, he or she must get prior approval from the Associate Dean for Medical Student Education. The Associate Dean will write a letter to the supervising physician (and copy the student) granting approval in these circumstances.
Students accepted into the University of Michigan Medical School must provide written documentation of certain immunizations or proof of immunity (e.g., dates of vaccinations or positive antibody titers) as part of the process for entering medical school.
An immunization form is made available to the student at the time of their acceptance that must be completed and returned to the Office of Medical Student Eduction prior to Orientation. This form becomes a part of the student's record and is retained throughout the student's enrollment.
Immunizations can be obtained at the University Health Service or through a personal physician or clinic of the student's choice. It is the student's responsibility to pay for all testing and/or vaccinations.
Some students may not be notified of acceptance until the spring or summer just before classes start in August. The vaccination series for Hepatitis B, administered in three (3) steps, requires 6 months to complete.
Thus, whether the student has been accepted or is still awaiting notification of acceptance, she/he should begin the series as soon as possible and plan to finish during the first year. The University Health Service, local physicians, or clinics can provide all or any part of the series.
All students are required to receive immunization with MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine unless they can provide proof on the completed and signed form of one of the following:
- 2 doses of live attenuated measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or 1 MMR dose and a measles booster vaccine.
- Serologic evidence of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella.
All students will be required to receive Hepatitis B vaccine unless they show proof of the following:
- Serologic evidence of immunity to Hepatitis B.
- Prior receipt of Hepatitis B vaccine (with appropriate documentation).
All students will be required to provide documentation of a baseline Tuberculin skin test before Orientation, unless they have a previous history of a positive skin test or prior exposure to BCG.
Students testing positive will be asked to undergo a blood test (QFT) to rule out active tuberculosis.
All students will be required to have received 2 doses of Varicella vaccine or Serologic evidence of immunity.
All students will be required to receive a Tetanus (Td) booster every 10 years, including a one-time adult dose of pertussis (Tdap).
This immunization policy is in effect to protect the student, and the patients that the student will come in contact with. This immunization documentation is a requirement of OHSA.
Student cooperation will facilitate entrance into Medical School and help provide a smooth transition through each year.
All requirements are subject to change.
Medical School Mental Health Services
The MSMHS provides students with confidential psychiatric evaluations, time-limited evidence-based treatment, and referrals to external, community-based therapists and psychiatrists for long-term management if needed. All evaluations are done by faculty psychiatrists with no trainee involvement, and the program is currently staffed by Drs. Jennifer Votta and Karla Blackwood. We are committed to supporting our students’ mental health needs throughout their medical training.
Make an Appointment
Call April Wesner, administrative assistant at the Medical School Mental Health program, at 734-763-9853. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm. Identify yourself as a medical student when you call. If April is not available to take your call, you will be prompted to leave a voicemail. If this occurs, you should leave a message with your name, phone number, email address, and identify yourself as a medical student who would like to schedule an appointment. April will respond to your message as soon as possible.
For emergencies and after-hours needs, please call the Psychiatry ER at 734-936-5900.
Payment for sessions is the student’s responsibility, but in most cases insurance will cover care (our staff will confirm this ahead of time), with students paying only a small co-pay. If cost of care will create a hardship for any student, we can provide assistance with access to affordable care.
All contacts with MSMHP are confidential. We do not conduct psychiatric evaluations required by the Dean’s Office and do not provide information to the Dean’s Office except upon written request by a student (with the exception of certain critical or life-threatening situations). While records of evaluation and treatment become part of your medical record, all medical records in the U-M Health System are confidential.
Below is a list of available resources
Huron Valley Consultation Services (HVCS)
Is a private nonprofit outpatient clinic located in Ann Arbor, offering comprehensive services to medical students who prefer non-UM affiliated providers. HVCS accepts Blue Cross, Blue Care Network, UM Premier Care, Bluecaid, Medicare, Priority Health and many other insurances. Only medical students and house officers may make an appointment by calling the director, Alex Martinez. Please call Alex Martinez at 734-662-6300, ext. 12 and please let him know you are a medical student in order to inform the scheduling process. Please note: this is not an after-hours counseling center.
UM Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Initial Consultation and Counseling Options: https://caps.umich.edu/counseling
CAPS After-Hours Urgent Support After Business Hours: 734-764-8312 (Press 0)
UM Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers multiple ways to access their services. Appointment availability changes daily. Students may reference the CAPS When Can I Be Seen? webpage for the most updated information.
After hours support is available to any UM student or any person concerned about a UM student. You will have the option to leave a message or to Press 0 to speak to a licensed mental health professional. This is an extension of CAPS and can assist a caller in any mental health crisis situation. Counselors can also assist callers in accessing CAPS or other campus resources. When appropriate, CAPS staff will follow up with the caller on the next business day.
CAPS After Hours is available weekends, evenings, and holidays. These new services will augment the existing full spectrum of clinical services provided by CAPS and extend the center’s reach to more students, at critical times after hours when they may need the services.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline
Students can call the hotline at 1-800-273-8255
The Hotline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in suicidal crisis or emotional distres
Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES)
Crisis phone service: 734-936-5900 or 734-996-4747
24 hours / 7 days
Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) provides emergency/urgent walk-in evaluation and crisis phone services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for people of all ages. The following services are provided; psychiatric evaluation, treatment recommendations; crisis intervention; screening for inpatient psychiatric hospitalization and mental health referral information. Psychiatric Emergency Services is a program of the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry. PES collaborates with many community agencies.
Peer Support Advocacy
The Peer Support Advocacy medical student group provides confidential, 24/7 support for medical students at all phases of the curriculum. Advocates are available by email or by pager. If you are interested in speaking to an advocate, please refer to the Information about the Paging System:
1. From the med student gateway, click on "Paging" or follow this link
2. Type in "peer" into the search bar (it will come up as "Peer Mentoring")
3. Click on the pager # (i.e. 37586) or the number of the person it is being forwarded to.
4. Type your message at the bottom under the NON-CLINICAL page. Make sure to include your name and return phone number or email. If you send a page without your contact information you will not be reached out to. If you accidentally send a page without your contact info, just send another non-clinical page explaining the previous message was from you and add your contact information!
Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC)
24-hour crisis line 734- 936-3333
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) provides free and confidential crisis intervention, advocacy, and support for survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and sexual harassment who are University of Michigan students, faculty and staff. Students can reach SAPAC during office hours by calling 734-764-7771 or visiting their office on central campus (ground floor of the Michigan Union, 1551 West Quad, 541 Thompson Street).