As faculty members here at BSOM, you may be the first person to recognize signs in students who would benefit from a referral to the Office of Student Development and Academic Counseling (OSDAC). You may also interact with students who might benefit from additional support or opportunities for self-development.
Some signs of distress that BSOM faculty may see in students:
Time management problems
Repeated requests for extensions or special consideration
Difficulty understanding how to study in medical school
Concerns about being in the wrong occupational field
Excessive test anxiety
Smells of alcohol on breath or appears to be under the influence of a substance
Sudden changes in appearance or behavior
Appears excessively lethargic
Social withdrawal or disinterest
Excessively depressed mood, tearfulness
Displays disruptive behavior in class
Makes threatening comments in class or online
How do I refer students to OSDAC?
If the situation is not an emergency, we generally recommend that the student contact us directly at 252.744.2500. By encouraging the student to contact us directly, the student can take responsibility for their decision by making an appointment. However, if the student feels that he/she needs your assistance in making the first contact with us, you can visit at Brody 4N-51, call us at 252.744.2500, or e-mail the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. The front office staff can also assist you with setting up appointments. Student referral forms are also available through our office.
What do I do if the situation involves an emergency?
For emergency situations during regular business hours, please visit us in room 4N-51 or call us at 252.744.2500 and let us know that there is an emergency situation. We will make it a priority to see you or the student immediately. Emergency situations after regular business hours need to be reported to campus police at 252.744.2246. The Real Crisis Center offers 24-hour free and confidential crisis intervention counseling at 252.758.HELP (4357).