Student support services

yellow and green graphic of a brain inside a skullPersonal counseling 

The Role of Your Class Counselor

In their role, your class counselors provide Personal Supportive Counseling to help you navigate the rigors of medical school and to attain your optimal professional and personal development. While highly trained mental health professionals, counselors do not provide therapeutic mental health services. This important distinction is in alignment with the parameters set forth by the LCME. 

To foster a strong alliance, your designated counselor will track with you throughout all four years of medical school. Their professional expertise serves as important avenue from which to facilitate referrals to medical and mental health services, crisis intervention, neuropsychological testing, substance use treatment, grief counseling, and other types of outside resources for you.  Their extensive experience is instrumental in helping students to navigate available resources and to ensure that referrals to treatment are accessible. Should you run into any challenges regarding wait times, insurance, location, etc., please be reach out for help in overcoming any barriers.

From matriculation through to your graduation day, your class counselor is available and committed to provide you with ongoing support, answer your questions, help you understand policy and curriculum structure, connect you to resources and services, and celebrate your milestones with you! Your counselors' overall focus is to meet your individual needs with both 1:1 annual appointments and availability throughout the year.  They are a treasured resource for you during your time here and we encourage your connection with them from Day 1!

Class Counselors:
Class of 2023 – Jennifer Crystal, Ph.D, LPC
Class of 2024 – Kirk Guanco, LMSW, CAADC
Class of 2025 – Loretta Robichaud, R.N., M.S., NP, CNS
Class of 2026 – Michael Webber, Ph.D.

Schedule appointment via STARS

Additional resources:

Medical students are exposed to multiple stressors during their academic journey that can contribute to high levels of stress, depression and anxiety. There are resources available from community organizations, as well as, different self-help resources that might assist you with your own wellness goals.