Supporting Colleges and Universities

The FMA works closely with the Council of Florida Medical School Deans to promote resources and programs that Florida medical schools have implemented to identify at-risk students, prevent student burnout, and, most importantly, student suicide.

Medical School Listing

FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

HealthFirst Health and Wellness Initiative
The mission of the HealthFirst Health and Wellness Initiative is to promote an evidence-based wellness-centered, holistic approach to medical student success through curricular innovations, hands-on experiences and community engagement. The overarching goal is to facilitate a pervasive culture of well-being through the education of future doctors in wellness best practices for themselves, their future patients and the community. To this end, we have designed a tripartite approach to integrating wellness elements under the pillars of exercise, nutrition and stress-management. The HealthFirst Initiative approach is to include activities that have three primary targets: the curriculum, the culture and the community through engagement.

Let's talk about wellness
Mandatory, confidential 15-minute non-therapy session for each 1st year medical student at the beginning of the school year with an FAU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) counselor to assist with adjustment to medical school. Referrals are made for students identified as potentially benefitting from a higher level of care.

FAU Counseling and Psychology Services

  • Dedicated College of Medicine Liaison
  • Extended hours and specially trained counselors for medical students
  • Same day visits available


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FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Student Well-being and Mental Health Services

  • Office of Student Well-being and Mental Health Services-- individual and confidential personal counseling and other mental health services. Outreach programming on topics of transitioning into medical school, burnout, cultivating resiliency, help-seeking behaviors, and more.
  • Student 2 Student Peer Mental Health Liaison Program-goal is to serve as peer supports and identify at-risk students
  • Fit & Well– Yoga, Basketball, Tai-Chi
  • CARE Rounds-support services units within OSA meet regularly to discuss concerns and ways to support specific students who may be at-risk

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University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Peer Support Network

Wellness Advisory Council

Interactive Screening Program (ISP)
Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death. AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide. Colleges and universities, and medical and professional degree schools partner with AFSP to receive their own fully customized ISP website, where students can:

  • Take a brief stress and depression questionnaire
  • Receive a personalized response from a campus counselor
  • Exchange messages with the counselor – ask questions and learn about available services
  • Get feedback and encouragement
  • Make an appointment at the counseling center

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