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Campus Health and Wellness Resources


Training to become a physician is both stressful and rewarding. If you become aware of issues that are impacting your health and well-being, or the health and well-being of a fellow student, you are encouraged to contact a member of the Office of Student Affairs team. Our staff can provide specialized and confidential referrals regarding academic, psychosocial, and everyday issues. In addition to the Office of Student Affairs, there are a variety of other resources for students listed below.

SOM Suicide Prevention and Awareness Crisis Response Plan

The UCR School of Medicine Suicide Awareness and Prevention Crisis
Response Plan is designed to assist UCR SOM faculty and staff during an emergency
involving suicidal ideation, planning or completion. The plan is not all-inclusive but is
intended to provide for a systematic approach to responding to psychological emergencies
and students’ imminent needs. 

Office of the Ombudsperson

The UCR Office of the Ombudsperson is an independent and confidential resource for conflict resolution. The ombudsperson serves the entire campus community - students, staff, faculty, applicants, parents, administrators - by helping to resolve complaints, by providing information and referrals, and by making recommendations for constructive change.

The Office of the Ombudsperson's Confidential Phone and Message Center can be reached at (951) 827-3213. The office is located in Skye Hall, room 390.

On-Campus Mental Health Services

The UCR Counseling Center offers a variety of counseling and specialized professional services to assist students in their career, personal and social development. These services include:

  • Individual and group counseling.
  • Workshops on stress management strategies, gender issues, diversity awareness, and goal setting.
  • Psychological assessment.

If additional psychiatric counseling is warranted, the Counseling Center will refer students to one or more local psychiatrists who normally take Graduate Student Health Insurance (GSHIP) AND are not faculty members appointed in the UCR School of Medicine.The Counseling Center is located in the Veitch Student Center and is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.. For more information, call (951) 827-5531. For after-hours emergencies, call 911.

Off-Campus Counseling

Ronald Offenstein, M.D.
Riverside Psychiatric Medical Group
5887 Brockton Avenue
Riverside, CA 92506
Phone: (951) 275-8500
Hours: Monday – Thursday
7:45 a.m. – 8:30 p.m
Friday – Saturday: By appointment

The UC Riverside School of Medicine has contracted with Dr. Ronald Offenstein, M.D. of the Riverside Psychiatric Medical Group to provide counseling services to medical students. Students may receive a direct referral from the Counseling Center or can self-refer, either to Dr. Offenstein or the psychiatrist of their choice.

Dr. Offenstein has no clinical affiliation with the UCR School of Medicine, creating optimal separation between the mental health services and the medical education program administrative functions.All counseling meetings are absolutely confidential and the information disclosed during sessions is not disclosed at any time to ANYONE outside of the Riverside Psychiatric Medical Groups. Students are encouraged to seek counseling with the intent of maintaining good mental health and/or for help in addressing general life issues.

After-Hours Health Care

Urgent Care

Students with UCR insurance may use the Riverside Medical Clinic's Urgent Care Center at 7117 Brockton Ave. in Riverside. The Urgent Care service is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. Call (951) 683-6370 for more information.

Emergency Care

Riverside Community Hospital at 4445 Magnolia Ave. in Riverside is the emergency center nearest to the UC Riverside campus. Call (951) 788-3000 for more information. If you are suffering a medical emergency, call 911.

Student Health Care

The Student Health Services are located in the Veitch Student Center and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Appointments may be made by calling (951) 827-3031 or by visiting their website.

Emergency Resources

  • The Riverside Community Crisis Intervention Crisis Hotline can be reached 24-hours-a-day at (951) 686-4357.
  • For emergencies on campus, students can reach the UCR Police Department from any campus telephone at 911.
  • For all after-hours off-campus emergencies, students should call 911.

Additional Resources for Students

Resources for Students who are Parents

Basic Needs

  • UC Riverside’s Basic Needs Department
    UC Riverside’s Basic Needs Department is a place where students can connect with essential resources that make college life easier. If you are experiencing basic needs challenges, such as food insecurity, housing displacement/homelessness, or financial crisis, we encourage you to reach out to us for assistance.

Mental Health Resources

Health Insurance Plans

Wellness/Mindfulness Apps

  • Insight Timer
    A meditation app that helps with sleep, anxiety and stress with focuses on health and education.
  • 10% Happier
    Subscription-based app that provides guided meditations, videos, talks, and sleep content will help you build your meditation practice, and stick with it.
  • Headspace
    Subscription-based app that teaches you how to meditate.