Graduate Student Wellness

The UFCOM Office of Graduate Education is committed to the health and well-being of our scientists in training. Graduate studies can be very demanding, as students balance coursework, research, and graduate assistantships or other employment; often during a time of increased personal/family responsibility. As a result, we are working to provide the best support for our graduate students. Some examples of our ongoing efforts to improve the educational experience for our students are described below:

Culture of Wellness

  • The UF Office of Graduate Education sponsors an annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week, with a variety of events and activities designed to give back to graduate students for their many contributions to the UF community: http://graduateschool.ufl.edu/about-us/events/gsaw-2018/
  • Graduate students have access to a new graduate student lounge to encourage peer interaction and provide an environment to relax and recharge: https://floridaphysician.med.ufl.edu/2018/01/03/new-graduate-student-lounge-opens/
  • The second floor of the HSC Library is accessible by keycard only for students in the health science center colleges to provide access to a safe and quiet place for study on a 24-hour basis: https://library.health.ufl.edu/about-us/library-user-policies/24hr-study-space/
  • The Assistant Dean for Medical Education facilitates monthly student advocacy meetings with other student leaders from each of the UF COM programs (MD, PA, MD/PhD, MS, PhD).
  • The UFCOM Graduate Student Organization (COM-GSO) was established to focus on the education and needs of non-professional graduate students in the College of Medicine. The COM-GSO provides students with opportunities related to career development, social events, and opportunities to participate in intramural athletics: http://gsovpres.wixsite.com/gsobms
  • Through the COM-GSO, graduate students also have opportunities to participate in community service activities to give back to the community while experiencing the joy of science in action: http://gsovpres.wixsite.com/gsobms/community-service-1
  • The Organization for Graduate Student Advancement and Professional Development (OGAP) is focused on professional development, mentoring, prioritizing student interests and needs, and facilitating effective communication between graduate students, faculty advisors, and university administrators. http://ogap.graduateschool.ufl.edu/
  • The biomedical sciences graduate program has first year mentoring groups to support first year students as they transition into graduate school. The groups, which include a graduate faculty member and 1-2 advanced graduate students, offer students with a “home base” of support until they choose a research mentor in the spring/summer: https://biomed.med.ufl.edu/students/first-year-students/first-year-mentoring-group-information/
  • In the biomedical sciences also has a buddy program that matches advanced COM graduate students with incoming first year students to help ease the transition into graduate school, and the Gainesville community.
  • On-site day care is available, providing a convenience resource for graduate students with young children: https://gme.med.ufl.edu/contact-us/baby-gators-on-site-day-care/
  • Graduate students with and without families have access to convenient and affordable Graduate/Family Housing on campus: https://housing.ufl.edu/living-options/apply/graduate-family-housing/ or in the newly-developed Continuum Graduate Community: https://www.thecontinuumforufgrads.com/
  • The International Student Center serves as a central resource for international graduate students regarding visa status, as well as resources and benefits they are eligible for during their stay in the United States: https://internationalcenter.ufl.edu/international-students-scholars
  • Through a collaborative effort between the UF CTSI, UF Health Office of Biomedical Research Career Development, and the 6 colleges of the UF Health Sciences Center, multiple Grad Student & Postdoc Career & Professional Development programs are offered for students: https://graddev.ufhealth.org/
  • UF’s MD-PhD Training Program hosts an annual MD-PhD fall retreat to provide students the opportunity to showcase their research to MD-PhD faculty, mentors and fellow classmates. https://mdphd.med.ufl.edu/events/md-phd-retreat/

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Graduate Student Intramural Sports Participants

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Participating in a “Color Run”

Efficiency of Practice (Learning)

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Ribbon Cutting for the HSC Graduate Student Lounge

Personal Resilience

  • The Office of Student Counseling & Development provides confidential, short-term, personal counseling to the graduate, medical, and physician assistant students in the College of Medicine: https://counseling.med.ufl.edu/services/
  • The UF Counseling & Wellness Center offers a number of mental health services for graduate students, including psychiatry and psychotherapy, groups, workshops, and other resources: https://counseling.ufl.edu/
  • The Student Health Care Center offers primary and specialty care services for students at the University of Florida: http://shcc.ufl.edu/
  • UF GatorWell offers a number of health promotion services and resources for students in the UF Community and their spouses: http://gatorwell.ufsa.ufl.edu/
  • The UFCOM, UF Health, the University of Florida, and Alachua County/Gainesville have a huge variety of wellness-related resources available for medical students. Check out the Resources Hub here: https://wellness.med.ufl.edu/resources/
  • Access to 24/7 Crisis Services offered through U Matter We Care program: https://counseling.ufl.edu/services/crisis/

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Enjoying Recreational Facilities at Lake Wauberg