Medicine is a most rewarding and honorable profession. The process of becoming a physician, however, involves a long and rigorous journey. Gaining an understanding of the human body and the person who inhabits it is an ever-evolving and lifelong task. The challenges encountered in medical school provide some of the most satisfying, stimulating and gratifying years of a student’s life. Those same challenges, however, may become overly stressful and result in feelings of disillusionment, fatigue and burnout. While distressing, and possibly debilitating, these conditions respond to timely competent professional attention.
It is with this intention that the Wellness Program was developed. Dr. Greg Franchini is available to meet with students in a safe and confidential setting to discuss any question, concern or problem that may arise involving wellness. In this setting, options are explored and solutions sought. Problems are assessed, and, if indicated, referrals are made to professionals within the therapeutic community.
The wellness program is actively engaged with the academic community in developing and offering relevant presentations and training programs in areas as “stress management,” “self-care,” and “mindfulness” for students in all phases and levels of medical education.
In addition, consultation is offered to deans, chairs, block leaders, clerkship directors, and others who may have wellness concerns about students or other individuals in their programs or regarding wellness-related aspects of the programs themselves.
Appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 4:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please contact Medical Student Affairs at 272-3414 or Dr. Franchini directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Cheri Koinis is also available to students for counseling. Students can contact Dr. Koinis at 272-9864 or CKoinis@salud.unm.edu to schedule an appointment.