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Welcome to the School of Medicine's Wellness Program

Dr. Anjua Hurria, a psychiatrist and mental health director of UC Irvine School of Medicine's Wellness Program.
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Wellness Program Director Dr. Anju Hurria says her mission is to ensure that your medical school journey is a healthy and fulfilling experience.

Dear Students,

I want to welcome you to UC Irvine School of Medicine's Wellness Program. Our wellness program aims to help our students be successful both in medical school and in their personal lives.

We know that medical school can be a stressful time and that it can impact the well-being of both students and their loved ones.

It is a long journey and you will have many amazing experiences in your four years as a medical student — from being in anatomy lab to sitting with your first patient as they pass away.

It is an honor to have these opportunities. But it is also normal to have feelings of burnout — and to feel overwhelmed.

Do not feel that you are "the only one" with such feelings, or that you have to hide them. You are not alone; many students use our services.

Our goal is to create an environment that is supportive of your mental and emotional health.

I also want to personally assure you that confidentiality is integral to our program.

The school administration does not track who attends counseling, nor is any information disclosed.

I understand the fears you may have about whether seeking help could have repercussions. That is why we place such great importance on the confidentiality of your information.

We also have created different ways and spaces for you to get help so that you can find a safe spot for you!

Medical school is a beautiful journey and we want to ensure that you are able to make it as a whole and emotionally healthy person!

And if you see another student struggling, ask what you can do to help him or her. We have to care for ourselves and each other in order to provide the best care for our patients.

Best wishes,

Anju Hurria MD, MPH
Child Psychiatrist
Director, Wellness Program
UC Irvine School of Medicine