Supporting a Balanced Life
Yes, becoming a doctor requires long hours of hard work. But at the Geisel School that doesn't require you to sacrifice outside interests, a healthy lifestyle, or opportunities for social, personal, and emotional growth. The culture in Hanover fosters a balanced lifestyle. In fact most of the people here--students, doctors, researchers, nurses, residents--make sure they find the time for other interests.
The Student Affairs Office and the Society program along with a variety of the student initiated programs/groups are key resources that can assist you in meeting the challenges of medical school while enjoying a balanced, fulfilling life. Assistance comes in many ways: through individual advising, mentoring, or peer relationships; through groups focused on professional or personal interests; through religious or spiritual connections; through service and advocacy; or through recreation or artistic pursuits.
"We foster the development of caring physicians: promoting wellness and providing variety of opportunities to learn, serve, and grow" says Ann Davis MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Student Services, Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Gynecology.
Support and Diversity
The Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing the Geisel School's diversity programs and executing its mission of promoting a climate of unity and respect. The ODI serves as advisors to minority students and student organizations and works to ensure the success and retention of all minority students, faculty and staff.
"I don't think there's a med school in the country that takes such good care of its students."
To support the unique needs of students from diverse communities, the ODI provides a combination of individual support, resources, training and programs. The ODI supports the Student National Medical Association, a national student-run organization focused on meeting the needs and concerns of medical students of color; the American Medical Women's
Association; and qMD, an interest group for those concerned about health issues facing gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people. The Urban Health Scholars Program helps train medical students interested in serving medically underserved populations in urban settings. We also feature a Geisel School of Medicine Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.
Personal and academic counseling • Orientation programs during Years One and Two • Peer tutoring • Faculty and alumni mentoring • Strong community connections and outreach • Lasting friendships