Student Wellness

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Students hang out with dogs from West Michigan Therapy Dogs during a wellness break at the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus.

We are committed to fostering a culture of wellness that will follow students throughout their careers. The medical school offers countless wellness-themed events throughout the year, including wellness breaks before each exam, and Wellness Week, an entire week dedicated to wellness activities. During these events, students engage with wellness activities and programming like healthy snacks, movie nights, wellness seminars, and even therapy dogs! We also has a fitness facility for students to use with treadmills, weight-lifting machines, and a group exercise room.

Several students are members of the Wellness Committee, a student-led, administration-supported group that aims to provide wellness education, programming, and activities to our students. The Wellness Committee has identified six facets of wellness: Physical, social, mental, financial, spiritual-cultural, and community wellness.

Additionally, there are several student interest groups at the medical school that incorporate student wellness into their overall focus and mission.

  • Arts in Medicine (AIM)

    The Arts and Medicine group aims to facilitate a link between medical students and the arts. Our goal is to create a space where students can engage in personal expression, reflection and growth. By developing their creative, observational and technical skills, we hope to have a positive impact on the quality of life of these medical students and their community.

    We hope to have a recurring event series that consists of students making art in a guided structure. These meeting are intended to be a safe outlet for expression, but also relaxing and fun. In addition, we hope to organize workshops, lectures and field trips in order to expose students to different modalities of art.

  • Healthy Living Through Strength Training
    The mission of HLST is to provide guidance, tools, and resources to WMed students interested in incorporating strength training and weightlifting into their regular schedules. As a growing volume of research suggests, resistance training offers a variety of benefits such as improved physical and mental health, release of stress and improved mood, increased bone density, prevention of injury, and many more. HLST will bring in leaders from the local medical and athletic communities who will share their knowledge and expertise on a variety of topics, such as: proper technique, managing and avoiding injuries, diet, optimal programming for strength and conditioning, incorporating cardiovascular training, and so on. Lastly, HLST members will communicate through social media to coordinate group workouts, which will allow students to become more consistent with their training, as well as the chance to give guidance to those who are newer to strength training.
  • HeART of WMed

    The HeART of WMed group aims to facilitate a link between all individuals related to the medical school and the arts. Our goal is to create a space where students, residents, attending and faculty can engage in personal expression, exploration and networking through the medium of the arts. By putting on our event we hope to bring the WMed community together and allow for the development of artistic outlets as well as networking opportunities.

    Through the expression of art be it performance or visual we would like to start conversations within our community about the outlets that individuals can use to come to terms with the situations they may face. The show is intended to be a safe outlet for expression, but also relaxing and fun. It is a time to come together, learn something new and spark interest in the humanities. In addition, our hope is to give back to the community that has given WMed so much. By taking suggested donations at the beginning of the show, we will choose a charity within the community to donate said profits to.

  • Nutrition and Medicine Interest Group
    NAMIG’s mission is to promote awareness for the applications of nutrition across medical specialties in supporting longitudinal patient health and well-being, provide opportunities for interprofessional development with allied health, and disseminate resources that will enable medical professionals to better facilitate comprehensive patient care.
  • Social Justice Interest Group
    Our group’s mission is to increase the WMed community’s education and awareness of social justice issues, with a specific attention given to social justice issues that affect the Kalamazoo Community. Through small group discussions and collaborations with community organizations we will work to cultivate effect student-physician advocates in this community, with the long-term goal of developing physicians who are effective advocates and leaders for social justice.
  • WMed Dance
    WMed Dance seeks to expose students to a variety of dance styles to gain an appreciation of the culture, music, and athletic nature of dances from around the world. Dance classes/meetings are open to the entire WMed community and absolutely no previous experience is required in order to participate. Classes/meetings can be led by any member who wishes to share his/her knowledge of dance with the group. Dance is a wonderful way to gain some exercise, take a break from a busy day, and to broaden our horizons: Come dance with us!
  • WMed Soccer
    The purpose of WMed Soccer is to bring students together to play recreational soccer. We will build teamwork and communication skills while promoting exercise, healthy living, and having fun playing the world's favorite sport.
  • WMed Volleyball TBL
    WMed Volleyball TBL aims to provide students and faculty opportunities to enjoy volleyball while promoting teamwork and fostering a friendly and supportive environment.

Counseling Services

Limited, confidential personal counseling services are available to students with school-related adjustment issues such as anxiety or situational depression. Independent licensed counselors serving as consultants to the medical school provide the sessions, and are bound by confidentiality. Students may confidentially make appointments by contacting the care managers of the WMed Clinics at 269.337.6540. 

Private Practice Counselors

Private practice counselors in the community are available to provide counseling and mental health services to students.

  • Child and Family Psychological Services, PC

    Child & Family Psychological Services, PC, is a local counseling service that has a staff of more than 30 counselors in two separate locations in the Kalamazoo/Portage area. They may be contacted at:

    5340 Holiday Terrace
    Kalamazoo, MI 49009

    1662 East Centre Avenue
    Portage, MI 49002

  • The Counseling Center at Family & Children Services

    The Counseling Center at Family & Children Services is another local counseling resource that has a staff of eight counselors in three separate locations in the Kalamazoo/Portage/Battle Creek areas. They may be contacted at:

    1608 Lake Street
    Kalamazoo, MI 49001

    1302 West Milham
    Portage, MI 49024


    778 West Columbia Avenue
    Battle Creek, MI 49015

Substance Abuse Counseling

Behavioral Health Services at Western Michigan University is a licensed and accredited outpatient substance use and behavioral health disorder treatment provider. Behavioral Health Services offers a specialty program in alcohol and drug abuse, provides substance use assessment and evaluation services, and consultation, information, and education regarding addiction. These services are available to students for a fee. Students may access Behavioral Health Services by calling 269.387.8230.   

Behavioral Health Services has two locations in Kalamazoo:


1000 Oakland Dr., 3rd Floor
Kalamazoo MI 49008 USA

Kings Edge

834 King Highway
Kalamazoo, MI 49001 USA

More information regarding this service is available at