Health Resources

Your good health is an essential part of your wellness and success as a medical student at Alpert Medical School. Brown University and community health resources will partner with you to insure you receive exceptional preventative and/or ongoing health care whenever needed, as well as urgent care for emergencies or illnesses.  The following outline the various health services AMS students may take advantage of.

Brown University Health Services

Brown University Health Services offers comprehensive health care to students. They are committed to the concept of wellness. You can be seen by appointment (often the same day). Call 863-3953 to schedule an appointment. If you have a medical question or are uncertain about the need to see a provider, medical advice is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (401) 863-1330.

Brown Health Insurance

Student Health Insurance is run through the Office of Insurance and Purchasing Services and provides a very detailed description of their policies here.

Mental Health Services

Brown University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a range of mental health services to the Brown community, including individual counseling, medication management, skills workshops, referral services, mental health assessment, trainings and consultation for faculty and staff, crisis stabilization, after hours assessment and urgent care, outreach programming,  and support groups.  Laurice Girouard, MSW, is a CAPS therapist based at AMS, and provides these services specifically to medical students. Appointments with Laurice can be made through CAPS (863-3476). 

Dr. Joanna MacLean also supports students with mental health concerns through referrals to treating psychiatrists and help in talking through treatment options. She can be reached at


Student Health Council

The Student Health Council (SHC) is a volunteer peer counseling program comprised of student advocates from all four years of medical school, who are trained by, and work with, faculty members in addressing issues experienced by medical students. The SHC seeks to foster a supportive medical school environment where students are encouraged to use a variety of support systems and establishes confidential relationships with students through self-referrals and student and/or faculty referrals.

The Student Health Council is available to all students to provide compassionate assistance while protecting the rights and confidentiality of the student in need.