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Student Personal
Counseling Center

Students have access to the services of mental health professionals through the Student Personal Counseling Center. They are able to discuss, in a confidential manner, issues that may affect one's well-being such as stress management or personal or family relationships.

Emergency Contact Information

When emergency care is needed, especially in potentially life-threatening circumstances, including suicidal thoughts or exhibiting other signs of serious depression, faculty and students are urged to immediately go directly to the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Emergency Room: 

The Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Emergency Department is located in the Main Hospital building at 10th and Sansom Streets. The telephone number for the Emergency Room is (215) 955-6840. After hours emergency service for students with medical and psychiatric problems is available

In order to receive further guidance and support, please notify the Office for Student Affairs and Career Counseling. The number for the Office for Student Affairs and Career Counseling is (215) 503-6988 during business hours (please identify the emergency nature of your call). After business hours, please page the On-Call Dean for Student Affairs at (877) 656-4337 and follow the prompts. 

Other Campus Resources

Deanna Nobleza, M.D., Director of the Student Personal Counseling Center can be reached at (215) 503-2817 during business hours (please identify the emergency nature of your call on the confidential voicemail). In an emergency, call 215-200-4206.

Dr. Ellen O'Connor, Medical Director of University Health Services, can be reached at (215) 955-6835. University Health Services is located at . Currently, the office hours are 8 AM to 4 PM on Monday through Friday at 833 Chestnut Street, Suite 205.

Non-Urgent Concerns

Please contact the Office for Student Affairs and Career Counseling at (215) 503-6988 during business hours (please identify the nature of your call). If the staff is helping other students and cannot answer the phone, please leave a message on the message machine and someone will return your call within 24 hours.

Jefferson Organizations

Jefferson has over 100 student-run, faculty-sponsored organizations. These organizations allow Jefferson students to explore their interests both within and outside of the medical profession. There are interest groups in most of the medical specialties, arts groups (such as the Jefferson Arts Organizations, the Jefferson Dance Troupe and the Jefferson Chamber Orchestra), community service groups, and a variety of sports clubs.

SKMC Student Council

SKMC Student Council is comprised of elected representatives from each class at SKMC. Each year, the first through fourth years vote to elect two co-Presidents, a Secretary of External Affairs, a Secretary of Communications, and a Treasurer, as well as six representatives from each of the four classes. Additionally, select students are chosen to sit on University administrative committees. Major responsibilities of Student Council include supervision of student organizations, disbursement of university funds, and the dissemination of information on issues pertinent to student life. Most importantly, Student Council serves as a liaison between the students, faculty, and administration.

Check out the latest issue of Black & Blue, the Student Council newsletter.

Married Student & Significant Other Society

This organization provides support to couples and their families throughout medical school and strives to ease the transition to the Jefferson community by providing information, employment services, and emotional and social guidance. On-going social events as well as relationship seminars are hosted throughout the year.

Learning Societies

Each matriculating student is assigned to one of eight learning societies. These societies have been created to promote the social development of communities of students and faculty and are designed to nurture professional and personal development. Each society is assigned to a community site and students plan service activities for their site. Students also plan social events that serve as a way for students to get to know members of the Jefferson student body.

Wellness Center

The Activities Office manages the Jefferson-Independence Blue Cross Wellness Center, Jefferson's multipurpose fitness and recreation facility. This facility offers students the use of cardio and weight training equipment, a heated olympic-size swimming pool, gymnasium, racquetball court, group exercise studios, massage and Reiki studio, and a dry heat sauna. Recreational programs and services including group exercise classes, fitness testing and exercise prescriptions, personal fitness training, intramural sports leagues, dance lessons, swim lessons and tennis instruction.

Wellness Curriculum

The Wellness Center coordinates a wellness curriculum to help students develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle during the physical and emotional demands of medical school. Topics covered include stress management, nutrition and exercise, substance abuse, and personal safety.


Sidney Kimmel Medical College hosts a number of social events to promote collegiality between members of the student body as well as between faculty and students.