When the need to meet with a counselor comes up, the last thing students need is to be placed on a 4-6 week waitlist - yet this is rather common. To assist you in getting started with your mental health needs, we created a free and confidential in-house counseling service (CBC - Confidential Bridging Counseling) to receive short-term counseling that can serve as a “bridge” of support. This could include processing a challenging experience or establishing care with mental health providers who you have plans to meet with. The counselor will make every effort to meet with students within a week of requesting an appointment. When needed, the CBC office strives to provide culturally-informed referrals to students who would like to continue wellbeing consultation outside of the CBC office.
Free / Confidential / Convenient for enrolled Medical Students
FREE – there is no charge to you, insurance is not billed.
CONFIDENTIAL – your attendance and what you discuss in the Confidential Bridging office is not shared with medical school leadership, faculty, staff or other students.
CONVENIENT in-person location in the Mayo Building and behavioral telehealth service (via doxy.me)
CBC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
The Confidential Bridging Counseling office is committed to excellence in providing services that are attuned and responsive to the needs of all medical students and in consideration of each person’s unique experience and values. When making referrals to other providers, we collaborate with students to understand their unique experience and culture to make personalized recommendations. We aspire to cultural and racial humility by examining and confronting our own behavior and contributions to the creation and perpetuation of institutionalized racism. We actively support diversity, equity and inclusion in the Medical School, health care system and community with respect to race, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, national origin, religious practice and socioeconomic status. All are welcome here.
Maryanne Reilly-Spong, PhD, LP
About Maryanne: As a former pre-med who took much of the coursework of a first year medical student, Maryanne is attuned to the unique needs of medical trainees. Her clinical and research interests include brief interventions, stress reduction and mindfulness for alleviating anxiety, depression and insomnia. Maryanne served as the first Postdoctoral Fellow in Counseling Psychology in the Medical School.
The CBC service was intentionally created with procedural firewalls to protect student information. Dr. Reilly-Spong is a licensed psychologist (LP) and consults with Scott Slattery, PhD, LP. They are both held to the regulations of the MN Board of Psychology and to the Ethics Code of the American Psychological Association. The information you share in the CBC office is not shared with anyone else in the medical school or elsewhere, unless you specifically request that it be shared. Of course, confidentiality is limited under certain circumstances, to protect your safety or the safety of others (see the consent form for more information).
Scheduling a CBC Consultation
Students may schedule with the CBC counselor by selecting an appointment slot in Google Calendar at z.umn.edu/bridging.
Scheduled consultation calendar entries are confidential and private, visible only to the CBC office and the student who selected the slot. The CBC calendar has been set up intentionally to work for most students’ availability; however, and if posted times do not fit your schedule, contact the counselor directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statement on Promoting Mental Health in Medical Training
Wellbeing and academic performance are interrelated. With that in mind, the Medical School has a multi-layered approach to supporting your mental health, of which CBC service is one key resource. At the foundation of promoting wellbeing are medical school initiatives (supported by the Office of Learner Development) to promote a more effective learning environment such as reducing cognitive load in the curriculum and integrating clinical utility of foundational coursework, pass/fail assessments in pre-clerkship training, and the duty hours policy for students in clerkship training. These layers also include community resources such as Student Affairs initiatives (academic advising and career planning resources), many student-led support resources [e.g., Peer Mentors, academic coaching (tutors), K-Coop, the Wellbeing Committee and Peers Supporting Peers], and active initiatives with the many student groups that reflect the rich diversity of medical students. Lastly, we also support students in creating their own individualized health and wellness plans that are reflective of their unique needs and preferences.
Additional Mental Health Resources
Walk-in crisis resources at BMHS and Student Counseling Services (see links above)
UofM Crisis Connection 612-301-4673
Text UMN to 61222
If you are someone else is in immediate threat of harm, dial 911