Social wellness involves developing, fostering, and maintaining healthy and supportive relationships based on trust, honesty, and respect. It is understanding how to balance the needs of a romantic relationship and recognizing when a relationship is no longer enriching. You are able to budget and balance your time between commitments and leisure. You consciously choose to utilize effective communication skills to create mutual respect among community members. It is being an ally for others and allowing others to care for you. Social wellness embraces interconnectedness and a genuine appreciation for those around you to create a just and caring community.
School of Medicine Social Wellness Resources:
Office of Neighborhood Life
The Office of Neighborhood Life serves all of Georgetown University, but can specifically offer medical students information around neighbor and roommate conflict resolution, and more within commonly occupied medical student neighborhoods.
Pre-Clinical & Clinical Advisors
Pre-Clinical and Clinical Advisors assist students as they prepare for and aim to match in their career and intended specialty. Advisors, matched with every medical student in their Foundational and Clinical years (respectively), can help connect you to career resources - including Careers in Medicine - in addition to any other resources that might help with one's social wellness.
Every Georgetown medical student is matched to one of five Learning Societies when they begin medical school, a platform that serves to facilitate a mentor-rich environment and crowd-sourced learning around mindfullness, resiliency, professional authenticity, and leadership. Learning Societies plan a variety of social and community service events each year, which include a race to winning the coveted Society Cup.
Professional Identity Formation Program
Through a series of reflective prompts and facilitated small-group & one-on-one meetings, medical student's engage with their Academic Family & Professional Identity Formation (PIF) Coach around topics and questions in leadership, mindfulness/wellness, and lifelong learning related to the unique learning experiences, tensions, and development as a physician.
Diversity Dialogues in Medicine
Diversity Dialogues in Medicine is a dynamic peer education and community building program at the Georgetown School of Medicine, facilitated by trained peers. Peer Dialogue Facilitators (PDFs) seek to educate themselves and others about diversity and intersections of identity and intergroup dynamics in order to build common understandings across groups.
The School of Medicine has an in-house chapel and Catholic Chaplain. Week-day services are offered to all, in addition to spiritual counseling and campus-wide multi-faith Chaplains and programming.
Health Justice Alliance
The Health Justice Alliance joins other medical-legal partnerships in Washington, D.C. working to address the health-harming social conditions that contribute to health and justice disparities faced by people living in poverty. HJA faculty, clinicians, health care professionals, students, and policy experts take a collaborative approach to service, education, advocacy, and research.
Counseling & Psychological Services
CAPS is available to all Georgetown medical students. Offering individual and group counseling/psychological services, CAPS also has an embedded full-time counselor at the School of Medicine. (**Note that you are a medical student when scheduling an appointment)
Office of Student Affairs