Student Health and Wellness
Physical Health Services Available to Students
CHSU-COM encourages all students to establish primary care providers in the Clovis/Fresno area.
More information can be found on this webpage and through these resources:
- Student Health Insurance: Students with no private health insurance are enrolled into the CHSU Health Insurance Plan. Students can sign waiver or opt out of enrollment with proof of having private insurance coverage. Students can visit HSAC Web Portal to learn more about the Student Health Insurance and Providers.
- Current Students webpage
When seeking preventative and physical healthcare services, CHSU-COM students can utilize the following facilities listed in the downloadable Health Care Services list below. Students can also find additional information on their student health insurance benefits by visiting the Aetna Student Health Resource at aetnastudenthealth.com. Students with private health insurance must check with their insurance carrier for healthcare providers.
Students who have waivered out of the Aetna Student Health Services and have their insurance with private health insurance company, must check with their insurance carrier for healthcare providers.
CHSU Health Insurance Portal
All CHSU-COM students are required to have health insurance coverage throughout all four years of medical school. Before registration and the beginning of each academic year, all students must provide proof of health insurance.
Students may have insurance through a variety of options including insurance through parents, spouses, or health exchanges. To ensure students have access to a comprehensive plan, CHSU-COM offers a student health insurance plan through Aetna Student Health. All students must enroll in the student sponsored health plan or provide proof of other acceptable health coverage. Dependents are also eligible to be enrolled in the Student Health Plan.
Details of Aetna Student Health can be found at https://www.aetnastudenthealth.com
To get started select California Health Sciences University in the drop down menu.
Counseling and Mental Health Services Available to Students
Our mission is to fully support the personal, social, and emotional well-being of CHSU students. In case of emergency, students should call 9-1-1.
CHSU-COM Psychological Counselor
CHSU-COM has coordinated with Dr. Audrey Punnett (Clinical Psychologist) to provide psychological counseling to CHSU-COM students beginning on February 22, 2021. Eight clinical hour (45 minute) appointments are available on Mondays beginning at 12 noon and continuing on the hour thereafter. Dr. Punnett’s office is located in Fresno, CA. Please call 559-225-8963 to make an appointment.
This service is provided at no cost to students and is intended for short-term care (up to 6 consecutive sessions). Students requiring longer term treatment will be referred by Dr. Punnett to another provider. Emergency consultations may be scheduled at Dr. Punnett’s discretion.
Use of this service is confidential and the bills to CHSU-COM will de-identify the clients. There is a 24-hour cancellation policy and CHSU-COM will be billed for appointments cancelled with less than 24 hour’s notice.
PLEASE NOTE: Dr. Punnett requests that the initial visit occur in person, outside, with masks and social distancing. At the initial visit it will be necessary to provide a signed consent form, tele-mental health consent form and an adult intake form. Both Word and fillable PDF versions of these forms can found on the Student Affairs BrightSpace course page. Dr. Punnett will also have paper copies of these forms available at her office. When you phone for an appointment please identify yourself as a CHSU-COM student. Dr. Punnett will provide information about office location during the call. Until further notice, subsequent visits will be virtual due to COVID.
CHSU Aetna Student Assistance Program (Aetna SAP) – a Mental Health Service for Students
Aetna SAP is a confidential mental health service for students. The service is now available; there is no cost to students. Individual counseling by licensed professionals is available 24/7 via Aetna SAP. Students have access to a therapist by phone, message, chat, or video. The website features information and assistance with relationships, emotional well-being, addiction, suicide prevention, wellness assessment and screening, legal and financial resources, and other health and wellness topics.
The Aetna SAP website features information and assistance with:
- Emotional well-being
- Wellness assessments and screening
- Legal and financial resources
- Suicide prevention
- Other health and wellness topics
Referrals to local mental health, financial, legal, housing, and childcare resources are also available.
Access Code: CHSU
Student Support Line: 877-351-7889
All contact with Aetna SAP is completely confidential. Our mission is to fully support the personal, social, and emotional well-being of CHSU students. You will need the CHSU username and access code every time you call or use the website.
Contact your Office of Student Affairs with questions or for additional information.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24/7
Call or Text 988
Central Valley Suicide Prevention Hotline
CHSU Wellness Resources
If you find yourself dealing with the pressure, stress, and challenges of daily life and don’t know where to turn for assistance, check out the Library’s new wellness resource guide for CHSU students, faculty, and staff.
Here you will find information on the following topics:
- CHSU Wellness Events
- Exercise, Fatigue, Nutrition
- Mental Health & Wellness
Check out the Mindfulness section to find apps, podcasts, videos, and book ideas to help with relaxation, meditation, sleep, and ways to relieve stress and anxiety.
COM Student Fatigue Mitigation Programming
Students participate in learning events relating to the impact of sleep deprivation and fatigue, and are exposed to strategies to better manage and mitigate their effects.
A student’s duty/learning schedule during OMS-III and OMS-IV will be dependent upon their clerkship assignment. Students should seek clarification of their schedule as needed to ensure that they may optimize the clinical experience.
Assigned clinical duties, rounds, and on-site educational programs are considered part of the student’s overall assigned hours. Activities such as independent study, reading for assignments, and preparing for shelf examinations are not and should not be included in a tally of assigned hours.
Students are assigned to no more than 80 hours per week, averaged over a 4-week period, and have at least one day off in every seven-day period or two consecutive days off in every fourteen-day period. Students are expected to self-monitor their assigned hours. If a student believes that he or she is being asked to exceed these duty hours during any clerkship, he or she must immediately consult the Clinical Education Department.
|COM OMS-I Orientation Week||“Sleep Deprivation and Fatigue – Strategies to Manage”||COM Student Affairs/Counseling Staff|
|COM OMS-II Orientation Days||“Importance of Sleep on Physical Health – Strategies for Board Prep While Maintaining Sleep”||COM Student Affairs/Counseling Staff|
|COM OMS-II during EPA 1 Course||“Fatigue Mitigation Training for Clerkships”||Clinical Education Department Staff|
|COM OMS-III during EPA 2 Course||“Patient Care and Fatigue – How to Self-Regulate”||Clinical Education Department Staff|
|COM OMS-IV during EPA 3 Course||“Fatigue Mitigation in Residency: Techniques/Tips”||GME Department Staff|