Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Office of Student Affairs & Career Counseling
Personal Support & Student Wellness Resources


Student Personal Counseling Center

Students have access to the services of mental health professionals through the Student Personal Counseling Center (SPCC). SPCC gives students a safe place to confidentially discuss issues affecting their well-being, such as stress management or personal or family relationships. By appointment only, please.

Contact Information

Student Personal Counseling Center
833 Chestnut Street, Suite 230
Phone: 215-503-2817

For counseling, health services, and support group information:
On-Campus Phones: CALL 5-HELP
Off-Campus Phones: 215-955-HELP (215-955-4357)

Hours

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Early morning and evening appointments are sometimes available.

Cost

All Thomas Jefferson University students with an active and valid Jefferson student I.D. are eligible for three free initial visits.

Beyond the first three visits, the SPCC accepts the United HealthCare Student Resources Plan offered by Thomas Jefferson University and other limited insurance plans. Students will be responsible for their copay each visit.

Recreation & Fitness Center

The Office of Student Life & Engagement manages the The Jefferson Recreation & Fitness Center, our multipurpose fitness and recreation facility. 

Facilities

This facility offers students the use of:

  • Cardio and weight training equipment
  • Heated olympic-size swimming pool
  • Gymnasium
  • Racquetball court
  • Group exercise studios
  • Massage and Reiki studio
  • Dry heat sauna

Recreational Programs

The Center also offers recreational programs and services, including:

  • Group exercise classes
  • Fitness testing and exercise prescriptions
  • Personal fitness training
  • Intramural sports leagues
  • Dance lessons
  • Swim lessons
  • Tennis instruction

Wellness Curriculum

The 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.

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 student body.

Married Student & Significant Other Society

This organization provides support to couples and their families through 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 and relationship seminars are hosted throughout the year.

SKMC Student Council

The 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
  • Secretary of External Affairs
  • Secretary of Communications
  • Treasurer
  • Six representatives from each of the four classes

Additionally, select students are chosen to sit on University administrative committees.

Major responsibilities of the 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.

Student-Run Organizations

Students playing volleyball

We have over 100 student-run, faculty-sponsored organizations. These organizations allow our students to explore interests both within and outside of the medical profession. There are interest groups in:

  • Most medical specialties
  • Arts groups (ex. Jefferson Arts Organizations, Jefferson Dance Troupe, Jefferson Chamber Orchestra)
  • Community service groups
  • Sports clubs

Receptions

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.