Student Needs and Assistance Program - SNAP
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Emergency Numbers (Numbers also listed below)
Medical students are subject to the same illnesses as the general population. They may become impaired, for example as a result of substance abuse or emotional difficulties, and thus unable to perform their duties as a medical professional.
While most individuals who experience personal difficulties seek out solutions or professional help on their own, there are some who will not seek help even when it is in their own best interest and even though they may be endangering themselves and/or their patients.
In order to handle such situations, Geisel School of Medicine has established the Student Needs and Assistance Program (SNAP). The purpose of this Committee is to help with problematic situations that arise with students and to organize educational programs around issues of impairment.
The SNAP committee consists of two student representatives per class and up to two faculty advisors.
Who are the SNAP reps?
SNAP reps can be found on the Student Government page.
Dr. Regan Stanger is the medical faculty SNAP advisor.
- Students serve for the duration of their education at Geisel School of Medicine. The Second-Year representatives assume responsibility for the First-Year Class until the First-Year elections take place after the fall term.
- The faculty advisors are individuals knowledgeable about substance abuse and mental health issues and are appointed by the Dean.
How do I contact SNAP?
- You may contact SNAP by going directly to any of the SNAP reps in person
- Or send an email by clicking on the representatives' name on the Student Government page linked above.
Policies and Procedures
- Any person who has just cause for suspecting that a medical student may be impaired, or who would like to anonymously discuss a situation of possible impairment, can and should enlist the assistance of a member of the Committee.
- The initial contacted Committee member may notify other members of the group and/or a faculty advisor to discuss the case and to determine what action needs to be taken.
- Possible actions include but are not limited to meeting with the student in question, providing informal support, and assisting that individual with getting formal treatment by an appropriate professional.
- Every attempt is made to keep all information gathered by the committee confidential but there are circumstances that may by law or College policy require reporting to another body.
- Members of the SNAP committee do not provide formal treatment and do not keep formal records.
- They may monitor recommended treatment if needed and in some cases non-compliance with this treatment can lead to communication with one of the Associate Dean of Student Affairs.
- Most often, when the impaired student cooperates with the directives of the Committee no such reporting is required.
- If a situation involves a graduating student, the Committee may report a "continuing" case to an appropriate monitoring body (state medical societies, impaired physician's committee of the hospital where the student intends to practice, etc.).
Resources and Links
The following resource list and links to other websites has been compiled by SNAP members. It is not meant to be a comprehensive list, but rather a starting point for information. If you find a site to be particularly helpful, please let us know so that we may add it to our list.
Counseling and Human Development at Dick's House (603-650-1442)
Dick's House offers individual counseling as well as support groups. A list of support groups can be found on their webpage.
**Important information for students with the Dartmouth Student Group Health Plan insurance - if you would like insurance coverage, you will need to have a referral from Dick's House BEFORE seeing an off-campus therapist. Please contact the Health Service Office for more information about available therapists in the community.
If you have another form of insurance or plan to pay out-of-pocket, you may also contact the Health Service for information on area therapists or check local phone listings.
DIRECTORY OF OUTSIDE THERAPISTS
The online directory found at psychologytoday.com provides current listings for Psychiatrists, Psychologists and MSWs locally and nationwide.
LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH AGENCIES
The most comprehensive resource we know if is the Upper Valley Mental Health Resource Guide.
EMERGENCY SERVICES NUMBERS
Counselor-on-Call (During fall, winter and spring terms): 603-646-9440
Counselor-on-Call (During summer term and breaks): 603-646-4000
Safety and Security 24-hours/day: 603-646-3333 (emergencies) or 603-646-4000
Inpatient Department: 603-646-9440
Sexual Abuse Awareness Program: 603-646-9414 (weekdays 8AM-5PM)
Dean-on-Call (S&S Dispatch): 603-646-3333
Hanover Police (emergency) or ambulance: 911
Hanover Police non-emergency: 603-643-2222
Dartmouth Hitchcock Emergency Room: 603-650-7000