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Information Guide for Postdoctoral Scholars



Community Wellness at MIT Medical (located in E23-205) provides resources and designs programs to help all members of the MIT community in a variety of ways. 

MIT Chaplains representing many of the world's religions, are available for counseling, private talks, and program development. Also, many of the religious groups represented by the chaplains meet weekly and many student religious groups are active on campus.

MIT Medical (located in E23) is a complete healthcare center serving the health and wellness needs of the entire MIT community. General information and a number of programs are open to everyone. Medical care options relate to what kind of health insurance and plan you are on and the nature of your MIT affiliation. Please see the Funding and Benefits section of our website for more information.

Mental Health and Counseling Service (located in E23 - 3rd floor): Members of the MIT community can use the Mental Health and Counseling Service without a referral, including for consultations or urgent care. Mental health and counseling services are free for students, and what others pay depends on the health plan they have.

Ombuds Office (located in 10-213) provides a neutral, independent, and confidential resource for faculty, staff, postdocs, and students within the MIT community. If you are not sure where to go, or if you want to discuss a matter confidentially or raise a concern with or without giving your name, they can assist you.

Resources for Easing Friction and Stress: The “REFS” programs are department-based, student/postdoc run, peer support programs in some areas, including Biology. (Not all departments have this program, and some are graduate student programs.) REFS provide informal and confidential services to their peers to support, encourage, defuse, and informally mediate during times of uncertainty, stress, or conflict.

Violence Protection and Response Program: This MIT Medical program helps individuals in the MIT community who are looking for help in dealing with sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, or unhealthy relationships. It also offers educational and awareness programs for the entire MIT community. The website also lists emergency contact numbers.

Summary of Support Resources: Whether or not you are an international scholar, this reassurance, guidance, and overview of options posted by the International Scholars Office is very helpful.