PittMed Student Organizations & Resources




SHARP: The Student Health Advocacy Resource Program (SHARP) exists to provide with compassion and confidentiality a support, referral and advocacy service for medical students. SHARP is in place to help students with problems ranging from relationship issues and depression to alcohol/drug dependence. Medical school is challenging, but students should never feel along or unsupported. SHARP representatives are always available to help students regain wellness and balance in their lives so that they can continue their education and training and reach their goals. (URL: https://groups.medschool.pitt.edu/sharp/)

Wilderness Medical Society: The PittMed chapter of the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) is devoted to wilderness medical challenges. Wilderness medicine topics include expedition and disaster medicine, dive medicine, search and rescue, altitude illness, cold- and heat-related illness, wilderness trauma, and wild animal attacks. WMS explores health risks and safety issues in extreme situations such as mountains, jungles, deserts, caves, marine environments, and space. In addition to practicing, investigating, and teaching wilderness medicine, WMS members share a sense of adventure—from exploring deserts to climbing mountains, from scuba diving to white-water rafting, from skiing to windsurfing, from adventure travel to volunteer-relief work. The Society’s members love the outdoors, have deep respect for the environment and our precious natural resources, and actively support an Environmental Council. (URL: https://groups.medschool.pitt.edu/wms/)

Integrative Medicine Interest Group: The Integrative Medicine Interest Group is a student lead group dedicated to wellness and integrative medicine. The foundation of the integrative medicine community is the belief that healing is inherent and that optimal healing takes place when the total human experience is taken into account and supported. The Integrative Medicine Interest Group believes that bringing together effective, evidence-based allopathic medicine and non-allopathic modalities can provide the greatest opportunity for achieving this philosophy.

American Medical Association: One of the main objectives of the AMA is to serve as the leading medical student organization for advancing issues of public wellness, community service, ethics and health policy. Read more about AMA representation at PittMed on the PittMed AMA website. (URL: https://groups.medschool.pitt.edu/ama/)

Faculty and Students Together (FAST): The FAST groups provide additional support during freshman year, consisting of five first year students, two second year students ( “big sibs” ) and clinical faculty member. The network specifically addresses the many transitional issues which student encounter upon entering medical school.

American Medical Student Association: The American Medical Student Association is committed to improving health care and healthcare delivery to all people; promoting active improvement in medical education; involving its members in the social, moral and ethical obligations of the profession of medicine; assisting in the improvement and understanding of world health problems; contributing to the welfare of medical students, interns, residents and post-MD/DO trainees; and advancing the profession of medicine. (AMSA Mission Statement; URL: http://www.amsa.org/about/mission-aspirations/)

Murmurs: Murmurs is the Literature and Art Magazine publication of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine produced by an editorial staff composed of medical students. Its purpose is to provide both the students and faculty of the Medical School with an outlet for self-expression and creativity. Editorials, articles, communications, professional and academic announcements, creative writing (both prose and poetry), photography and pen and ink work may be submitted. (URL: https://groups.medschool.pitt.edu/murmurs/)

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Medical Student Counseling Program: The Counseling Program at the School of Medicine was started in 1980 and offers medical students evaluation, treatment and referral for a wide range of psychological needs.  The program is dedicated to maintaining healthy and confident students and is both free of charge and highly confidential.  A student using the program can be assured that no information shared in counseling is ever available to others without expressed permission of the student.

Lee Wolfson, M.Ed. is the medical school psychologist.  He can be reached at 412-624-1041.   If  he is there, and not meeting with a student, he will talk to you.  If not, leave a message and he will get back to you as soon as possible.  Please advise him whether he can leave a message for you with a roommate or family member. Mr. Wolfson can also be reached via e-mail at lkw2@pitt.edu. Lee has two offices. His primary office is located at 3520 Fifth Avenue, Suite 300, Room 308. His other office is located at Webster Hall, 4415 Fifth Avenue, Room 128 on the ground floor. 

Trees Hall Fitness Center: As a student athletic facility, Trees Hall houses a pool, dance studio, weight room, racquetball and handball courts, five basketball/volleyball courts, a gymnastics area, climbing wall, golf practice area, and classrooms. (URL: https://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/campus-recreation/facilities-and-hours/)

Baierl Fitness Center – Petersen Events Center: This 40,000 square foot space features a large collection of cardio equipment, free weights and machines.Within the Baierl Student Recreation Center are racquetball and squash courts, a group fitness studio, multi-purpose room, and matted area for calisthenics and stretching. There is also a health assessment lab, shower/changing rooms and locker rentals. Access to this facility is exclusively available to University of Pittsburgh students. (URL: https://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/campus-recreation/facilities-and-hours/)

Healthy U:  Healthy U is a special program developed by the University of Pittsburgh that features opportunities and resources to help students maintain more than just optimal physical and emotional health. Healthy U encompasses intellectual and social well-being as well as occupational, environmental, and spiritual health. (URL: http://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/healthyu)

Student Health Services (SHS): Located in the Wellness Center in Nordenberg Hall (on the corner of University Place and 5th Avenue), the SHS Clinic is staffed by board-certified physicians, licensed nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, registered nurses and medical assistants who have dedicated themselves to providing the highest quality medical care to the students of the University of Pittsburgh. One component of SHS is the Office of Health Education & Promotion, which provides a variety of programs and services to enhance personal and community health as well as provide information that encourages healthy lifestyles. Note: SHS has a number of online services, including online appointment scheduling. In order to access your SHS online account follow this breadcrumb path: my.pitt.edu–>enter student health service portal  (URL: http://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/shshome; Phone: Student Health Services: (412) 383-1800)

The University Counseling Center: The University Counseling Center provides comprehensive and confidential personal and academic counseling to Pitt students free of charge. Staffed by psychologists, counselors, social workers, psychiatrists, and pre-doctoral interns, the counseling center provides personal and group counseling for a variety of conditions including ADHD/ADD, depression, drug and alcohol support, anxiety, grief, sexual abuse, and more. The counseling center has day and evening hours by appointment and is located in the Wellness Center in Nordenberg Hall. (URL: http://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/cchome; Phone: (412) 648-7930)

Stress Free Zone: The Stress Free Zone (SFZ) is a space where students can learn and regularly practice evidence-based, mind/body stress reduction skills. These skills are primarily taught through mindfulness meditation, a form of attention training which involves an intentional, non-judgmental observation of the present moment. The SFZ offers walk-in services and regularly scheduled classes. All classes are free to Pitt students and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  The SFZ is located on the 3rd level of the William Pitt Union. (URL: https://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/shs/stressfree/)

SFZ Sleep Support: A component of the SFZ, Sleep Support aids in the acquisition and honing of skills that helps us be more comfortable in silence, with ourselves, and with our thoughts. Mindfulness is this kind of skill. It gives us a new way to work with the thoughts that normally control us and keep us awake. SFZ Sleep support offers a variety of online videos and tips to help you transition from day to sleep. (URL: https://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/shs/stressfree/sfz-sleep-support/)

SFZ Mindfulness Meditation: The SFZ offers free online guided mindfulness meditation practices. These online meditations not only help with task performance like homework. They can also help us intentionally relax and enjoy life, which can be difficult if the mind is continually wandering into planning, worrying, and analyzing. (URL: http://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/ccaudiodownloads)

Intramurals and Recreation: The Department of Intramurals and Recreation maintains and utilizes a multitude of facilities and resources in order to provide ample opportunities to University members and affiliates.  Structured activities, classes and competitions are provided to students on a routine basis.  Special events and promotions are also offered throughout the year.  The Department of Intramurals and Recreation also supports many student-run clubs and organizations by providing facility space for practices and gatherings.  Additionally, the overall health and wellness of the entire University community is supported by providing recreational opportunities and privileges to several facilities and services. (URL: https://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/campus-recreation/intramural-sports/)

Disability Resources and Services: The Office of Disability Resources and Services  (DRS) provides equal opportunities and support services for academically qualified students with disabilities to ensure they are integrated as fully as possible into the University experience. Their services include providing assistive technology, specialized exam accommodations, interpreters and real-time captioning, assistance with transportation and specialized housing accommodations. DRS is located on the first floor of the William Pitt Union. (URL: http://www.studentaffairs.pitt.edu/drswelcome; Phone:  (412) 648-7890)

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Important Numbers:   

On-campus Emergency: 811

Campus Police (Nonemergency): (412) 624-2121

Sexual Assault Services: (412) 648-7856