The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is dedicated to educating the next generation of researchers, scientists, and health professionals. We are known for our research and pioneering education.
Pursuit of a career can be rewarding but also challenging. As we prepare you to become a leader in your chosen profession, we are here to help you grow personally and professionally. The Office of Well-being and Resilience provides resources for graduate students to depend on for guidance.
Graduate Students Workplace Culture
Through our Trainee Health and Wellness Committee (THAW), PhD and master’s students and postdoctoral fellows work to improve training environments by advocating for change and implementing well-being programs and resources. Our resources are best depicted in the following figure.
THAW is an important piece of ISMMS’s trainee support network. Its programming includes an extensive peer-mentoring program available to students in the master’s and PhD programs and to postdoctoral fellows. THAW hosts workshops that target the tough points of graduate and postdoctoral training to help students manage those areas. Monthly social gatherings are held for students and postdocs to let off steam in a relaxed, supportive environment. A quarterly informational newsletter is also available.
THAW’s postdoctoral fellows group—PostDoc Peers—has an extensive portfolio of offerings that help support the many facets of postdoctoral well-being. The PostDoc Peers have also taken on an exemplary role of mentoring PhD students to help ease their path through graduate school.
Graduate Students Personal Health and Resilience Resources
The Office of Well-being and Resilience is working to provide graduate students with resources to ease the stresses of their educational programs. Two initiatives that meet these needs are Mindful Meetups and the PEERS Curriculum.
Mindful Meetups are a series of monthly meetings for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to congregate with peers and a social worker to discuss anything that is hampering the path to well-being. The sessions include just you, your peers, and the social worker. Our intent is to create a safe place for your thoughts and ideas and to provide you with the tools to help you to de-stress. Postdoc Meetups are held on the last Thursday of every month at 4 pm in Annenberg 11-46 (a classroom inside Levy Library). Light refreshments are served. Graduate student meetups will begin in mid-fall with a location and time to be announced shortly before that.
The PEERS (Practice Enhancement, Engagement, Resilience, and Support) Curriculum helps doctoral students develop, refine, and regularly engage resilience skills as they navigate their training and research tenures. Through a series of facilitated small-group sessions, this curriculum combines empirical data with hands-on exercises to improve the mental, physical, and academic health of our students.
PEERS for first-year PhD in Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience students was launched in the fall of 2019 with a rollout for post-doctoral fellows planned for the summer of 2020. The curricula for MS students and other PhD programs will also begin development during the summer of 2020.
The Paws & Play for Clinical Teams program in partnership with the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department pairs a licensed and board-certified creative arts therapist, Jaclyn Damiano, and a trained facility dog, Moby, to provide well-being and resilience opportunities for staff, faculty, and trainees. Please email Ms. Damiano for more information or to schedule an opportunity to interact with Moby.
Graduate Students Mental Health Support
We support the mental health of our graduate students through various programs and initiatives within ISMMS. Our programs include:
- The Student Trainee Mental Health Program is dedicated to maintaining the wellbeing of all medical and graduate students, resident physicians, and clinical and postdoctoral fellows through the following services: consultation, psychotherapy and counseling, medication management, and referrals for adjustment difficulties, burnout, depression, anxiety, and attentional symptoms. You may call 212-659-8805 for further information.
- The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides Mount Sinai Health System employees and dependents free, confidential short-term counseling services with licensed social workers. All visits are confidential. For information or to make an appointment, call 212-241-8937. Led by Daniel Hughes, PhD, Director of EAP.
- The Psychiatry Faculty Practice offers top-tier psychiatric providers to treat Mount Sinai Health System employees and their families at the Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice. For a referral, please call 212-659-8752. You may also find a psychiatry provider through the Mount Sinai Health System.