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Counseling Services

It is well known that medical school is a stressful time for students. It is often the time that depression, anxiety and other problems worsen or appear for the first time. Many students choose to deal with their difficulties on their own because they don't know where to go for help. Others may have the perception that seeking help will adversely affect their grades.

Below you will find information about services that have been developed to provide supportive and mental health services for undergraduate medical students. It is important that students understand that when they seek services, their evaluation and treatment is a confidential process.

Dr. Jack Coyne,
Student Advocate / Medical Director, Child Advocacy Center
Office: 878-2700 / Beeper: 642-8686,
Available to medical students for concerns relating to depression, drugs, dependencies, relationships, etc. He will hold your concerns in the strictest confidence and will be your conduit to care.

Dr. Marcelle Mostert, Department of Psychiatry ECMC,
Available for free, confidential and in-person evaluations. Students will be assisted in finding appropriate services that match their needs regardless of type of insurance. In most circumstances there is access to referrals within seven days. In an emergency, Dr. Mostert can assist the student in accessing emergency care.

University Counseling Services (North Campus):
645-2720 |
120 Richmond Quad, Ellicott Complex,
Services are free, voluntary and confidential. Same day crisis appointments are available. Counseling services are provided by psychologists; a consulting psychiatrist is available as needed.

Student Health Services (South Campus):
Dr. Bakhai is on the south campus in Michael Hall on Mondays from 3-5pm. Call the Student Counseling Center (see above) to arrange an appointment. A social worker is available on south campus through appointments arranged via University Counseling Services

EMERGENCIES - 24 Hour Services

ECMC - Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP):
This service is available 24 hours a day for psychiatric emergencies. If a medical student identifies him/herself as such, the CPEP staff will insure that the student is seen in a setting where he/she will not run into fellow students.

Buffalo General Emergency Mental Health:
This service is available 24 hours a day for hospitalization.

Crisis Services Counseling:
2969 Main Street (corner of Hertel)
This 24-hour/365 day a year telephone counseling service has an excellent referral system for all types of needs. There's an Advocate Program that provides a support group for victims of rape. It's a government-run service, has no university affiliation and is totally confidential.

Phone : 829 2802
Fax: 829 2798
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