Student Wellness Program

Personal Counseling System

The College of Medicine recognizes that students will come into this program with various levels of academic ability and psychological robustness. Some students will most likely experience trying personal circumstances outside the curriculum that impacts their ability to perform at an optimum level of academic performance. 

To assist the student at times of need, the College of Medicine will have an onsite licensed mental health provider. The provider will teach no classes or in any way have any evaluative academic role in the student’s curriculum. This provider will also have expertise in helping students increase their ability in time management, test taking and study skills. 

All first year students will be required to have a brief meeting with the mental health provider during the first few weeks of medical school. The purpose of the meeting is for students to gain ease in finding the provider’s office and in enlisting the provider’s skills, should the student feel it necessary. The provider is available every other Thursday between the hours of 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. To make direct arrangements during a different time, or off-campus, Dr. Zaher can be contacted directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (916) 969-0723.

The students will also have access to mental health provider services off-campus through the College of Medicine’s Employee/Student Assistance Program (ESAP). This program allows students to see a licensed mental health provider for three, one-hour sessions, every six months. The ESAP has over 900 licensed mental health providers in Northern California, in various locations, and in close proximity to the College of Medicine. In addition, an online counseling service, Talk One2One, is available to students on a 24 hour, 7 day a week basis. 

The ESAP also provides one, thirty-minute consultation with a licensed attorney every six months, and one, thirty-minute session with a financial advisor, every six months.  

Talk One2One – 24/7 Confidential Support for Students: 1-800-756-3124


Peer Mentorship

First year students will be assigned to a Big Brother or Big Sister who is an upperclassman in academic good standing. The purpose of this program is to provide first-year students with the opportunity to work with an upperclassman that has a firm understanding of the curriculum and the requisite skills for its successful navigation. 


No Wrong Door Policy

The College of Medicine will foster an atmosphere among students that there is no wrong door when it comes to seeking assistance. Correspondingly, faculty will be trained on how to assist students with the various kinds of issues they may present with, as well as know where and when to make referrals.

California Northstate University College of Medicine ♦ 9700 West Taron Drive ♦ Elk Grove, CA 95757 ♦ Phone: (916) 686-7300