Intellectual Wellness


Intellectual health and wellness considers the creative and mentally-stimulating activities that encourages the expansion of knowledge and development of skills that foster learning. Focusing on the desire to learn new concepts, improve existing skills and seek challenges that promote lifelong learning contributes to intellectual wellness. Are you engaged in the process of intellectual wellness?

  • Are you open to new ideas?
  • Do you search for lifelong learning opportunities and/or mentally stimulating activities?
  • Do you look for ways to use creativity?
  • Do you seek personal growth by learning new skills?

Ways to enhance intellectual wellness:

  • Improve study skills
  • Improve time management
  • Improve critical thinking
  • Remove objectivity
  • Explore what motivates you

Intellectual Wellness Resources at the URSMD

Advisory Deans

Each entering student is assigned to one of four advisory deans who serve as that student’s advisor for the entire undergraduate medical educational experience. Students may meet individually for personal advising, curricular planning, or career counseling.

Peer Tutors

As a part of the institutional effort to nurture and assist students, tutoring and study skills enhancement are provided free of charge. As students move from an undergraduate educational setting to a graduate or professional school environment, it is not uncommon for them to discover that the study and learning techniques that enabled them to excel at the undergraduate level require modification to successfully negotiate the medical or professional school curriculum.

A peer tutorial service has been established to assist students who experience difficulty with the courses. In addition to providing an opportunity to sit down with individuals who have devised successful approaches to mastering the material, the peer tutorials provide time to have the material presented in a way that is consistent with the student’s learning style, one-on-one or in a small group setting. To avail yourself of tutoring services, contact the course directors; your Advisory Dean or Dean Kathryn Castle. Students should request assistance when they first have a sense that they are getting behind or are experiencing difficulty.

Center for Excellent in Teaching and Learning

Medical students who experience difficulty with organizing information for review, problem solving or
study skills, have access free of charge to the University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and
Learning located on the River Campus, in 1-154 Dewey Hall (for students).

For appointments, students can call 585-275-9049.

Other Links/Resources:
Student Handbook
Blue Book