Taking care of yourself is a prerequisite to your success. Baylor College of Medicine students have many options to participate in individualized or group wellness programs, activities and events within their school, at the College, in the Texas Medical Center and throughout the city of Houston.

The Office of Student Services works with students and faculty to identify needs and either find existing resources to meet these needs or develop new initiatives across seven dimensions of wellness.

"The most surprising thing to me about Baylor College of Medicine has been how healthy the environment is." - Carlo Cristobal, Student

Seven Dimensions of Wellness

Learn more about each wellness dimension and find resources and programs to help you maintain your individual wellness.

Emotional/Mental Health

The challenges of maintaining emotional health are well documented by organizations such as the American Association of Medical Colleges, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. Learn about our Student and House Staff Mental Health Service, as well as the resources available through WellConnect. 

Physical

Finding time within your hectic schedule to establish a lifestyle that supports your physical health can be a challenge. Whether you’re looking for a place to exercise, resources for your occupational health, or primary care resources, the Office of Student Services has you covered! Find resources to support you.

Financial

Learning how to live on a budget, understanding how to minimize debt, and counsel on general financial planning are all critical aspects of holistic health and wellness. Aside from the basic administrative support provided by the Student Financial Aid and Student Account Services offices, the WellConnect’s CU Thrive website also provides helpful tips and resources to support your financial wellness and to assist you with developing the skills and experience needed to live a fiscally responsible lifestyle.

View the following presentations about Student Financial Wellness:
Student Loans and Debt Management (Hilda Deleon)
Savings: How to Start Saving and Planning for Your Future (Stephen Whitney, M.D., M.B.A.)
Budgeting as a Student: Developing a Sustainable Personal Budget (Julie Nickell, M.B.A.)

Social

It is not uncommon that, in adjusting to the demands on your time, the social aspects of wellness are the first to fall by the wayside in favor of more time to study, research and lab obligations, or keeping up with the general demands of your program. Explore opportunities to socialize at Baylor.

Intellectual

Intellectual health and wellness are integral parts of holistic wellness for graduate and professional students. While Baylor only recruits the best and brightest, that doesn’t mean our students and trainees never face any academic difficulties.  In addition to providing physical study spaces and other resources through the Education Resource Center, the Office of Student Services also houses a variety of resources geared towards time management, study skills and test taking. Explore Academic Excellence resources.

Environmental

The Office of Student Services maintains comfortable and relaxing lounge spaces available to all students, and works closely with the Office of the Provost and other auxiliary service units to ensure that all facility and environmental needs are met in a timely manner. Our Campus website includes maps of campus, links to Baylor’s award winning recycling program, information on the College’s Emergency Notification System, and much more.

Spiritual

Whether the term “spirituality” means religious practice and observation, or simply connectedness with self and the world around you, spirituality is an important dimension of health and wellness. In addition to the many resources for spiritual expression that can be found throughout Houston, Baylor offers presentations on the intersections between health and spirituality, tours of the sacred sites of Houston, yoga classes, and workshops on the art of mindfulness.

"We share facilities with students from all the other BCM programs. So, when I join a pickup basketball game in the gym or a pool game in the student lounge, it is with Ph.D., M.D., PA and other students." - Timothy Morales, Student