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Personal Support Services & Student Wellness

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.

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.

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.