Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services for MD Students, Residents and Fellows

All IU School of Medicine students, residents and fellows seeking mental health or personal counseling services—for any reason—can access resources for confidential personal consultation and treatment on every IU School of Medicine campus. Medical students, resident physicians and fellows are encouraged to seek professional mental health services if symptoms are interfering with medical training and/or personal or professional relationships.

All individuals are treated with respect regardless of age, color, counseling concern, ethnicity, gender, marital/parental status, national origin, race, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation or veteran status. Mental health services are confidential in accordance with state laws and ethical guidelines. Patient records are maintained in files separate from the student/house staff files and cannot be accessed by faculty, staff, administrators, parents or other students/house staff without the individual’s written permission.

Psychiatry

Samia Hasan, MD, is the designated psychiatrist for all IU School of Medicine students, residents and fellows. Dr. Hasan, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry, provides mental health services to learners at all IU School of Medicine campuses at no charge to the individual seeking support. Medical records are kept strictly confidential and maintained within the Department of Mental Health Services.

Initial evaluation appointments (60-90 minutes) must be completed in person at Dr. Hasan’s office on the Indianapolis campus (at Gatch Hall, Suite 600, 1120 W. Michigan Street, 46202). To help accommodate all learners, those training on campuses outside Indianapolis receive priority for scheduling initial evaluations on Connections Days. Subsequent appointments (25 minutes) can be conducted by phone. To schedule an appointment, IU School of Medicine trainees can email Lisa Heitman or call 317-278-2383. Confidential information should not be included in email but can be left on voicemail. For emergency support, students should call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Dr. Hasan is the director of mental health services for IU School of Medicine and is responsible for ensuring the quality and availability of mental health services at each of the school’s nine campuses. Contact Dr. Hasan with questions, comments or concerns about the school’s mental health services for MD students, residents and fellows.

Personal Counseling and Treatment

All IU School of Medicine MD students, residents and fellows can access confidential personal counseling and treatment from Jessica Fultz, MSW, LCSW, licensed social worker, or Suzanne Kunkle, PhD, licensed psychologist. Both therapists are located on the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus (Gatch Hall, Suite 600, 1120 W. Michigan Street, 46202) and are available at no charge to all IU School of Medicine learners. Tele-therapy sessions are available with either therapist for trainees outside of Indianapolis. Appointments, telephone consults and referrals are usually available within the week and often the same day if needed—based on the urgency of need.

Jessica Fultz, LCSW

To schedule an appointment, email Lisa Heitman or call 317-278-2383. Ms. Fultz can also be reached directly by email or phone 317-278-2381. Consents and demographic paperwork will be provided at the first session.

Suzanne Kunkle, PhD

To schedule an appointment, email Lisa Heitman or call 317-278-2383. Dr. Kunkle can also be reached directly by email or phone 317-278-4751. Patients should complete and bring the Intake Questionnaire and all consent forms to the first appointment with Dr. Kunkle. Paperwork may take 30-45 minutes to complete so allow ample time before the appointment.

Mental Health Resources and Policies

Medical trainees at IU School of Medicine with urgent psychological or psychiatric concerns can access guidance through a 24-hour dedicated phone line: 317-278-HELP (4357). This service is available to trainees at all nine IU School of Medicine campuses for emergencies or urgent needs. A trained mental health clinician answers calls and provides step-by-step assistance to the caller.

If unable to keep an appointment, the providers request a 24-hour notice to enable them to offer the time to another person who may be seeking an appointment. Individuals with an appointment should email the provider to cancel or reschedule. Given that learners’ schedules can be dynamic, it’s helpful to include availability options in rescheduling requests.

Mental Health Services is located in Indianapolis (Gatch Hall, Suite 600, 1120 W. Michigan Street, 46202). Parking is available at any of the student/physician lots with a valid permit. The closest visitor parking is Riley Hospital Outpatient Garage (575 Riley Hospital Garage, 46202). The office cannot validate parking costs/tickets. Additional garages and parking locations are available.

“It’s not possible to predict or schedule the moment that a medical trainee will need emergency assistance. We want to ensure that learners in crisis get the help they need when they need it.”

Samia Hasan, MD, director of mental health services at IU School of Medicine

MD Students

MD Students

Students covered under the IU Student Health Insurance plan can find a mental health provider through the Division of Student Affairs. Additional information about health and wellness support services for MD students at IU School of Medicine is available.
Residents and Fellows

Residents and Fellows

Health and wellness resources and services for IU School of Medicine residents and fellows is available through the Office of Graduate Medical Education.