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. Students and resident physicians as well as fellows are encouraged to seek professional mental health services if symptoms are interfering with medical school performance 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 student/house staff without the individual’s written permission.


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 IUPUI Campus Health.

Initial evaluation appointments (60-90 minutes) must be completed in person at Dr. Hasan’s office on the Indianapolis campus (at IUPUI Campus Health, Coleman Hall, Suite 100, 1140 West 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 Dr. Hasan or call 317-274-1068. 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

All IU School of Medicine MD students, residents and fellows can access confidential personal counseling and treatment from Suzanne Kunkle, PhD, licensed psychologist. Dr. Kunkle is located at IUPUI Campus Health, Coleman Hall, Suite 100, 1140 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, and is available at no charge to all IU School of Medicine learners. For emergencies go to the nearest emergency room or call 9-1-1.

To schedule an appointment, email Dr. Kunkle or call 317-274-8214. Appointments, telephone consults and referrals are usually available within the week and often the same day if needed—based on the urgency of need. The Campus Health Portal can also be used to schedule appointments with Dr. Kunkle for learners who are web-enabled via Campus Health.

To make the best use of personal counseling appointment time, trainees 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. For couples attending counseling, both individuals need to complete intake and consent forms. Note that teletherapy consent is needed for phone contact and web sessions. The video consent is optional; yet it can be an invaluable tool to enhance client progress.

email Dr. Kunkle

Mental Health Resources and Policies

Medical trainees at IU School of Medicine who become acutely distressed can access crisis mental health treatment through ProtoCall, 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.

To establish a connection with Campus Health Portal, MD students, residents and fellows can follow these steps:

  1. Email and ask to be web-enabled.
  2. Receive a confirmation email with a link to the portal as well as a username and password.
  3. Log into the portal within 48 hours.
  4. Enter username and password (included in the email) to log in.
  5. Go to the side bar to book a new appointment at IUPUI Campus Health.
  6. Click on provider: Kunkle, Suzanne.
  7. Check Visit Type: ConsultAdm (Initial appointment) or Consult (follow up visits).
  8. Click Search.
  9. Available dates will appear. Click desired slots or modify search. Click within the date box to open a calendar to select a different day.
  10. Click “Schedule” when you to book a time.
  11. Click “Yes” to confirm.
  12. Receive confirmation email.

If unable to keep an appointment, Dr. Kunkle requests a 24 hour notice to enable her to offer the time to another student. Email Dr. Kunkle to cancel or reschedule. Given that trainees’ schedules can be dynamic, it’s helpful to include availability options in rescheduling requests.

The Same-Day-Call policy can be enacted if a client fails to attend two consecutive sessions and give 24 hour notice. The counselor may then require that the client’s name be placed on a Same-Day Schedule List, which means the student must call on the same day an appointment is desired and is scheduled if time permits. The counselor may take the client off of this list at his/her discretion and will notify scheduling staff.

Mental Health Services is located in IUPUI Campus Health, Coleman Hall, Suite 100, 1140 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 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, Indianapolis, IN 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.