April 28, 2020

1. Pumping Up Social Health to Reduce Stress

SASSI is providing some great tips on reducing stress: 

  • Use video-chat over messaging or calling. Keep up with the relationships you already have in your class/program and with your family and friends. Interact every day, even if it's a group chat during lunch!
  • Reduce stress with gratitude. Send a quick email or message to someone you appreciate. Gratefulness has been shown to be as impactful for the sender as the receiver.
  • Reach out to someone on campus. Offices are open, even though we're working remotely. In SASSI, staff including educational specialists, disability coordinator, and counselors can meet online or over the phone. Tutoring will be scheduled as usual. To meet with one of us, just go online or call the front desk at 901.448.5056. 
  • Use science-based strategies to help with coping. Check out these seven science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety.

The SASSI after-hours counseling phone is 901.690.2273. If you are concerned about yourself or another student, please share that concern here so that we can reach out.

A list of resources and support on and off campus can be found on the SASSI website. This includes counseling support, 24-hour hotline numbers, links for issues such as sleep, self-injury, anxiety, wellness, etc. along with links for counseling according to your insurance provider.

2. Limited-Time Resources Available from the UTHSC Library

In response to COVID-19, LWW and McGraw Hill have given UTHSC students free access to several more resources. These include practice questions for the USMLE Step Exams, the NPTE, and NAPLEX, as well as many textbooks, video lessons, and interactive anatomical maps.

Visit the links below to see and access these limited-time opportunities:

3. Last Week to Apply for Diversity and Inclusion Mini Grants Up to $3000

All faculty, staff, students, and trainees are eligible to apply for up to $3,000 to fund a diversity and inclusion project. The deadline to submit grant proposals has been extended until Friday, May 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Recipients will be notified soon after the deadline.

Through this program, individuals and groups will have the opportunity to provide innovative programming to assist in recruitment and retention of diverse individuals and to seek engagement from all members of the UTHSC community in our diverse and inclusive culture.

For more information, visit or email

4. Give a Thumbs Up!

You may have observed some faculty, staff, residents, fellows, or students who are taking extraordinary measures to fight COVID-19 on the front line or in a supporting role, help maintain university business operations, assist students and employees with transitions, or help to ensure the safety of all of us at UTHSC. 

Give a thumbs up to those people – anyone in the UTHSC community who has helped or inspired you or others in a positive way by filling out this form!

5. Stay Active with Campus Recreation

Exercise, yoga, and meditation videos are now available on the Campus Recreation website at

You can also check out apps for general fitness, strength training, running, swim training on dry land, yoga, and meditation listed on the Campus Recreation website at:

Keep yourself moving at home with our exercises on Instagram @uthscfitnesshiddengym!

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