Student Wellness

The Office for Undergraduate Medical Education’s (UME) Student Affairs team is committed to medical student well being during training and beyond. UME Wellness offers programming that fosters a positive learning environment inside and outside the academic setting. Our goal is to encourage self-care, resilience, and multi-faceted health by providing tools to address all dimensions of wellness.

Review this list of 2019-2020 Wellness Resources and find one that’s right for you!

Elements Wellness Program
Elements is an online, self-paced series of modules that are meant to promote medical student wellness. Through holistic health, students can create self-care strategies designed to promote academic, personal, and professional success. The program empowers students to embrace a healthy lifestyle in mind, body, and spirit. Visit the Elements page for more information and sign up.

Family Elements Program
Family Elements is a program that engages medical student families in the medical school experience. Parents, spouses, and children of prospective/current medical students are encouraged to visit the Family Elements page for tips on how to best support the student in their lives. You can also sign up for a monthly Family Elements newsletter* offering resources for families and information on upcoming highlights of the medical school experience. UME wellness engages with families at welcome weekend and orientation. *Student approval is required to receive communication from the Long School of Medicine.

Headspace by UT Health
UME Wellness is currently following a group of 100 students who are piloting the Headspace app. Headspace is a mobile application that guides users through the essentials of meditation and mindfulness by offering a library of guided meditations, animations, articles, and videos. Research conducted by Headspace found that mindfulness increases compassion, resilience, focus, and promotes healthy decision-making and sleep. Additionally, mindfulness shows a decrease in stress and burnout, anxiety, depression, irritability, and aggression.

UME Well
A funding program to support individual students or student organizations with an interest in innovative programming or conference participation related to medical student wellness.

LSOM Food Network
Through a partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank, this educational and interactive cooking program is meant to promote a healthy mind and lifestyle. Students are introduced to nutrition education, kitchen safety, budget- and time-friendly meals. In addition, students enhance their social wellness by participating in this cooking program with other medical students in all stages of training. Participants enjoy the meals they create together with their peers at the end of the event.

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Physical Wellness

Physical wellness promotes proper care of our bodies for optimal health and functioning. This dimension of wellness encourages good sleep, good nutrition, physical activity, good hygiene and mental well-being to keep your body in great condition.

Woman with SmileEmotional Wellness

Emotional wellness promotes self-care, mindfulness & relaxation, and the development of inner strength. It is important to recognize and understand both positive and negative feelings in order to handle them in a constructive way.

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Occupational Wellness

Occupational wellness is the ability to recognize signs of stress, burnout, overwork, and fatigue as a result of your profession or place of work. It focuses on the ongoing search for our life’s purpose and finding a good professional fit.

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Spiritual Wellness

Spirituality is a dimension that allows us to find meaning in our life experiences and defines our individual purpose in the world. Spiritual wellness can be expressed through religious faith, values, ethics and morals.

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Social Wellness

Social wellness refers to the interactions and relationships we build with others. Positive connections foster healthy, nurturing, and supportive relationships. Having a supportive social network allows you to develop assertive skills, increases your self-esteem, develops trust, and manage conflict.

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Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual wellness is being open to new ideas, thinking critically, and seeking out a new challenge. It is being creative, curious, and engaged in lifelong learning.

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Financial Wellness

Financial Wellness involves the process of learning how to successfully manage financial expenses. Money plays a critical role in our lives and not having enough of it impacts health as well as academic performance. Financial stress is repeatedly found to be a common source of stress, anxiety and fear for students.

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Environmental Wellness

Environmental wellness inspires us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings. This realm encourages us to live in harmony with the Earth by taking action to protect it.

Additional Wellness Resources

Student Counseling Center
Student Health and Wellness Center
Office of Student Life
Resident Wellness

Developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute (NWI), this interdependent model commonly referred to as the Six Dimensions of Wellness, is the framework followed by this office. We have also added financial and environmental wellness. Student wellness is a shared responsibility! Suggestions on wellness initiatives/activities can be sent to We would love to hear from you!

  • Stop by during Office Hours

    Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm
    Office of Undergraduate Medical Education
    Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Library, Fifth Floor

  • Attend Drop-in Advising Hour

    Every Wednesday, 1:00-2:00pm
    Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Library, Fifth Floor
    Howe Conference Room, 5.070