Medical school is a particularly trying time and it is normal to feel overwhelmed at times. There is so much to learn, long hours of lectures and studying, as well as outside stressors that can impact students. Additionally, the stress and adjustment of medical school is sometimes a catalyst for the onset of anxiety or depressive symptoms and/or feelings of psychological burnout. Sometimes students are able to handle this stress on their own or by talking to friends and family. But, many times students need additional, unbiased support. Counseling & Wellness Services (CWS) at the Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona is available to provide this support. Many of the students that come to CWS are the ones who want to learn to cope with the demands of medical school more effectively and are striving for greater balance and wellness in their lives. Others seek counseling to deal with broader life and relationship issues. Whatever the focus, students are encouraged to seek the support they need to be successful.

Services Offered

Psychologist Services

Counseling is available for medical students through Counseling & Wellness Services (CWS) at the Health Sciences Campus at Lake Nona which is located in the medical education building, Suite 416. Although CWS is separate from main campus Counseling & Psychological Services, as enrolled UCF students you may use main campus services as well if you prefer, including use of their after-hours crisis hotline. For information on the counseling center located on the UCF main campus, please log on to www.counseling.sdes.ucf.edu.

At CWS, counseling services are free to all currently enrolled students. Services are also confidential (except for a few specific legal exceptions) and counseling records are entirely separate from academic records. Below is a list of specific services available at CWS to enrolled UCF medical students:

For those students needing additional services, the psychologist will help students connect to community resources that might be helpful. Such resources include longer term therapy, community-based psychiatric services, specialized treatment for eating or substance use disorders, and financial resources. The psychologist will also be available for consultations with faculty, staff, and students, who have concerns about others in their academic community.

The psychologist will routinely provide workshops or presentations on wellness oriented topics relevant to medical students. These include workshops on sleep, stress management, promoting resiliency and wellness, reducing burnout, and suicide prevention.

Hours and Staff

All counseling services at CWS are provided by a licensed psychologist, Katherine Daly, Ph.D. Her hours of availability for Spring of 2017 are as follows:

Evening hours are typically reserved for students on clerkship. On an as-needed basis, Dr. Daly will offer appointments at the Gore Street Office (70 W. Gore Street). Please call 407-266-1076 to request.

Psychiatrist Services

In addition, Dr. John Blankemeier and Dr. Andrew Kleiman are available to provide psychiatric services. Both physicians maintain private practices in Winter Park.

Scheduling Appointments and Cost of Services

*Services with Dr. Daly are free and covered by your student fees; services with Dr. Blankemeier or Dr. Kleiman require a reduced payment of $25 per appointment.

UCF After Hours Crisis Line

We understand that emergencies and crises do not always happen during regular business hours. In fact, students often struggle with issues such as anxiety, depression, family or relationship difficulties, academic pressures, concerns about friends and roommates, or worries about the future.

If you or a friend is experiencing distress and needs someone to talk with in the middle of the night or on the weekend, they can call the main campus Counseling Center’s number (407) 823-2811, press #5 and they will be immediately connected to a licensed therapist.

If you or a friend is experiencing distress and needs someone to talk with in the middle of the night or on the weekend, they can call the main campus Counseling Center’s number (407) 823-2811, press #5 and they will be immediately connected to a licensed therapist.

Common reasons students call:

Other Helpful Resources

Counseling services – Bay Pine Students

Counseling services are available for currently enrolled College of Medicine M.D. students who are rotating at Bay Pines. Students may utilize University of South Florida (USF) Counseling Center facilities for mental health appointments and are encouraged to review USF’s website – http://usfweb2.usf.edu/counsel/ for more information. Students who desire access to mental health services will speak with one of USF’s Counseling Center clinicians first (at (813) 974-2831), who will do a phone triage to determine if the student’s concern fits within the brief therapy model of the center, or if the concerns are beyond the scope of the USF Counseling Center treatment model.  If the concerns are outside of the scope of the brief therapy model, then the USF Counseling Center would make recommendations for appropriate services in the St. Petersburg/Tampa community.

Counseling services – Flagler Students

Counseling and health services are also accessible for students rotating through the St. Augustine Flagler Hospital location. Below are the services available and contact information: