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. Medical records are kept strictly confidential and maintained within the Department of Mental Health Services. 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. 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.

Initial evaluation appointments (60-90 minutes) must be completed in person on the Indianapolis campus (Gatch Hall, Suite 600, 1120 W. Michigan Street, 46202). Subsequent appointments (30 minutes) can be conducted in person or remotely via Zoom.

In order to schedule an initial appointment with our psychiatrist,  you will first need to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors for an initial intake. IU School of Medicine trainees can email the Department of Mental Health Services (dmhs@iu.edu) or call 317-278-2383 for more information. Confidential information should not be included in email but can be left on voicemail. For emergency counseling support, students should call the 24-Hour IU School of Medicine Mental Health Crisis Line: 317-278-HELP (4357). In emergency situations call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Samia Hasan, MD, 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. Feel free to contact us with any questions, comments or concerns about the school’s mental health services for MD students, residents and fellows.

Personal Counseling

All IU School of Medicine MD students, residents and fellows can access confidential personal counseling and treatment from Stephanie Cunningham, PhD HSPP, Brian Nichelson, PhD HSPP CAC, Michael Trexler, MA, LMHC or Dana Lasek, PhD HSPP.  All are either a licensed psychologist or licensed mental health counselor. The therapists are located on the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus (Gatch Hall, Suite 600, 1120 W. Michigan Street, 46202) and counseling sessions are available at no charge to all IU School of Medicine learners. Tele-therapy sessions are available for trainees statewide.  Dana Lasek is our psychologist who works primarily with students assigned to the regional campuses.

For more information email the Department of Mental Health Services (dmhs@iu.edu) or call 317-278-2383.  Consents and demographic paperwork, along with an intake questionnaire, will be sent to you once your appointment is confirmed. All paperwork will need to be completed before meeting with the provider at the first session.

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 call the Department of Mental Health Services at 317-278-2383 to cancel or reschedule. Given that learners’ schedules can be dynamic, it’s helpful to include availability options in rescheduling requests if you need to leave a voicemail message.

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.

Statewide Support

“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.