Additional Resources

Student Well-being

Contacts Scott Slattery, Director of Learner Development,, (612) 626-7196
“The physician needs a clear head and a kind heart; his work is arduous and complex, requiring the exercise of the very highest faculties of the mind, while constantly appealing to the emotions and higher feelings.”
— Sir William Osler

Your well-being is essential during your years of medical education and in your future role as a physician.   However, the pressures of training and practice can leave you with needing information and/or support for maintaining a healthy balance between medicine and other important areas of my life.

Well-being can be thought of as being related to wellness in various dimensions of life:

  • Community: Creating and sustaining healthy relationships, environments and societal welfare.
  • Emotional: Achieving a personal sense of life satisfaction and being able to experience and manage the wide range of human emotions.
  • Intellectual: Engaging in the ongoing acquisition and utilization of knowledge and skills.
  • Physical: Taking responsibility for personal health, maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
  • Professional: Selecting and participating in a career that is meaningful and rewarding.
  • Spiritual: Finding meaning and purpose in life.

We invite you to use the educational and service resources for maintaining balance and well-being as a medical student across the life dimensions found at

Other well-being resources include:

Learner Development

Contacts Scott Slattery, Director of Learner Development,, (612) 626-7196

Academic support services are available to all medical students through the Office of Learner Development. Assistance is offered to help students increase study effectiveness and efficiency and to achieve their learning and academic goals. Medical students are given assistance adapting their learning strategies to the unique challenges of medical education and training, and in developing skills for lifelong learning in medicine.

A full range of services assist learners in developing optimal learning and performance skills and strategies - such as time management, organizational skills, improving efficiency, problem-solving, memorization and reading techniques, test-taking skills, etc.; with continuous attention to and support of student well-being and professionalism.

Examples of individual student services provided [by self-referral or faculty/administration referral] include:

  • Counseling for improving learning approaches and test-taking skills, and student well-being.
  • Assistance with specific learning or performance problems (i.e. difficulties in concentration/attention, procrastination, interpersonal skills, test/performance anxiety, etc.).
  • Assistance with preparation for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 and Step 2.
  • Tutoring services.
  • Assessment and referral to Disability Services, Boynton Health Services and other university and community resources. 

Large and small group presentations and workshops that address learning, performance and well-being topics are made available to students.

Faculty are invited to consult on student learning and performance issues.

Disability Services

Contacts Disability Services Office,, (612) 626-1333

The University's mission is to provide optimal educational opportunities for all students, including those with disabilities. The University recognizes that reasonable accommodations may be necessary for students with disabilities to have access to campus programs and facilities. In general, University policy calls for accommodations to be made on an individualized and flexible basis. Students are responsible for seeking assistance at the University and making their needs known.

One of the first places to seek assistance is Disability Services (DS). This office is provided by the University of Minnesota to promote access, which means ensuring the rights of students with disabilities (e.g., mental health, ADHD, learning, chronic health, sensory or physical) and assisting the University in meeting its obligations under federal and state statutes.

Disability Services (DS) works to ensure access to courses, services, activities, employment and facilities for all students, faculty and staff with disabilities. Any student with a documented disability (e.g., mental health, ADHD, learning, chronic health, sensory or physical) who needs to arrange reasonable accommodations must contact Disability Services to be eligible for services.

The DS Health Science Liaison, Barbara Blacklock, will assist eligible students with: securing documentation of disability conditions, determination and implementation of reasonable accommodations, information, referral, and consultation. All services are confidential and free. The Academic Health Center Liaison is located in the McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street, Suite 180. Call (612) 626-1333 to schedule an appointment.

Video: "Advancing Access for Everyone" - information on Medical Trainees and Disability Services


Contacts Adytum

  AHC Room Scheduling, (612) 626-7800,

  Scott Davenport, (612) 624-8601, daven016@umn.ed


This area has been set aside for the sole use of medical students. The Adytum is located on the first floor of the Mayo Building-D195. It caters to most of the needs of the medical student. It features a small eating area with refrigerators and microwaves, computers and a printer, telephone, large tables and study carrels, plus couches, and lockers. There is also a smaller, quieter room for those of you who wish to study in total silence. There is an exam room set-up in the room next to the kitchen with a wall mounted ophthalmoscope and supplies to practice physical exams. The Adytum is open 24 hours and is locked for your protection. The combination to the Adytum can be obtained from Student Affairs (B680 Mayo Memorial Building).

Center for Health Interprofessional Programs (CHIP)

CHIP offers health professions students an exciting opportunity to meet and collaborate with students from other colleges. As an Academic Health Center student, you're already a part of CHIP. Drop by the lounge, get involved in a committee, attend an event—you can participate at whatever level you'd like. The CHIP Student Center is located in 1-425 Moos Tower. Its hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. To obtain after hours access and other information visit


All Academic Health Center (AHC) classrooms are available for use by AHC students, unless they have been previously scheduled for other programs. To request a space or to view room availability visit


The mission of the Bio-Medical Library is to enhance the teaching, research, and service activities of the University of Minnesota and to support the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center in its quest to improve health, by facilitating timely access to information needed by library clients on campus, throughout Minnesota, and nationwide. The Bio-Medical Library is located within the U of M Academic Health Center in Diehl Hall, adjacent to the University of Minnesota Medical Center, the Mayo Memorial Building, and the Philips Wangensteen Building, on the East Bank of the Minneapolis campus area. For library hours and addtional information visit

For a complete list of all University libraries and services visit


Contacts Cristina Oseland, (612) 626-0163,

Preclinical students are assigned lockers on the first floor of Moos Tower, next to the CHIP lounge. These lockers are assigned by Student Affairs. You will be able to keep these lockers until the end of your preclinical years. At that time, you will be sent a notice to clean your locker out for a new member of the entering class.

Lockers are also available on a first-come, first-served basis for Clinical year students. These lockers are located in the Adytum and are leased on a quarterly basis.


Contacts, (612) 625-6800

The University of Minnesota's Department of Recreational Sports is an excellent resource for you. Check out or call them at (612) 625-6800. They are located in Minneapolis as well as St. Paul. If you are a University of Minnesota student paying student service fees, you are eligible to use both facilities at no cost. If you are a student and are not paying student service fees, you may purchase a membership at the Minneapolis Recreation Center cashier's office or the St. Paul Gym's front desk.

The Minneapolis Recreation Center houses two fitness centers, four swimming pools, three gymnasiums, fourteen racquetball courts, five squash courts and a deli to suit every palate. The St. Paul Gym has a fitness center, an indoor track, a gymnasium, racquet and squash courts, a newly renovated swimming pool and a climbing wall.  Both facilities also have a variety of programs available to meet your needs. These include aerobics and cycling classes, personal training programs and youth and community programs. (There is an additional fee for each of the programs.)  In addition, students may rent equipment such as racquets, basketballs, balls and many other items from the Pro Shop.

Parking & Transit

Contacts, (612) 626-7275

At the University of Minnesota, there are several parking and transportation options available on campus. Both daily parking and contract parking options are available. Parking lots are located throughout campus, with the Washington Avenue Ramp, Harvard Street Ramp and the East River Road Ramp being the most convenient to the AHC. For additional information on transportation and parking visit


Contacts Housing & Residential Life,, (612) 624-2994

The University of Minnesota Housing & Residential Life Office provides many resources for finding housing on and around campus. Visit for more information.

Child Care

Contacts University of Minnesota Child Care Center,, (612) 625-2273

University of Minnesota Child Care Center

The University of Minnesota Child Care Center located at 1600 Rollins Avenue S.E., provides full-time and limited part-time care for infant, toddler, and preschool children of University-affiliated parents. The center administers a Resource and Referral Program providing childcare information.  The Child Care Center is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs and licensed by the State of Minnesota. Visit for more information.


Contacts Escort Services
  University of Minnesota Medical Center Escort Service, (612) 273-4544
  University Police Department Escort Service,, (612) 624-9255

Motorist Assistance Program
  (612) 626-PARK (7275)

University of Minnesota Police Department, (612) 624-2677

Emergency/Campus telephones

Emergency/Campus telephones are located near attendant booths or exits of various facilities for your safety convenience. Improved lighting in parking facilities is an ongoing project. Security systems using closed circuit television, alarm buttons, microphones, and motion detectors are being upgraded in many facilities. In addition, Parking and Transportation Services' Safety Personnel frequently patrol parking facilities and now provide increased coverage on weekends, overnights, and holidays. If you would like a free escort to your vehicle, contact the University Police Department Escort Service at (612) 624-9255,, or the University of Minnesota Medical Center Escort Service at (612) 273-4544.

Motorist Assistance Program (MAP)

The Motorist Assistance Program is a FREE program designed to help Twin Cities Parking and Transportation Services customers who are legally parked in any University parking facility. This includes University meters, surface lots, ramps, garages, loading zones, and vendor stalls. This program does not include University of Minnesota Medical Center parking facilities.

After calling their hotline, (612) 626-PARK (7275), individuals will receive assistance with unlocking vehicles when the keys are locked inside, changing flat tires, jumpstarting vehicles, and can be given referrals upon request to a service station when the problem is beyond the scope of their staff. Visit for more information.

Hours: Mon-Friday 7am-10pm
Service is not available on weekends or official University holidays.

University of Minnesota Police Department

The men and women of this department are proud to deliver police services to one of the largest universities in the United States. The University of Minnesota Police Department is committed to serve the university community and continually strive to work together to create a safe environment to learn, live, work and visit. Our web site provides access to on-line information about our department, resources and services that we provide. We invite your suggestions through e-mail at

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