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Services Offered by the HEAR Program

UC San Diego's Healer, Education, Assessment, and Referral Program provides a wide array of services and interventions aimed to address the mental and emotional well-being of UC San Diego healthcare trainees, staff, and clinical physicians.

Education, Screening, & Referrals

Contact a HEAR Program Counselor for more information on our services.


HEAR committee members and counselors can provide talks and workshops to departments, clinical units, training groups, orientations, and a variety of other venues with a focus on caregiver stress and distress, burnout, depression, substance use and suicide prevention. Contact our HEAR team for more information.


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s online ISP provides a safe and confidential way for individuals to take a brief screening for stress, depression, and other mental health conditions. Individuals anonymously communicate with program counselors for recommendations, feedback, support, connecting them to available mental health services if requested.

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Personalized in-network referrals for mental health assessment, psychiatric consultation, bridge care or referral bridge support while waiting for an initial appointment with a mental health provider.

Counseling Services

Contact a HEAR Program Counselor to learn more about counseling services specific to your group.

Short-term confidential counseling for Residents and Fellows

Up to 4-sessions of short-term, confidential counseling is available at no cost for residents and fellows based on HEAR counselor availability. Sessions are voluntary, insurance is not billed, and no electronic records are kept. An additional 4-sessions are available upon request from program directors.

Care for the Caregiver

Crisis intervention and critical incident debriefing (aka Care for the Caregiver) is available for clinical services, division, departments, or programs following significant adverse (usually unexpected) events, such as after the death of a colleague, unanticipated patient death, workplace violence, medical errors resulting in patient harm, or cumulative response to repeated deaths.

Individual, confidential "Opt-Out" Appointments for New GME and Non-GME Physicians

Individual, confidential “opt-out” appointments are available with new GME physicians as requested by program directors and Non-GME physicians as requested by clinical divisions/units. Meetings are meant to be a check-in to discuss "how the year is going" and to review concerns, initiate further assessment if indicated or requested, provide resources and referrals if applicable, and ease the transition for further or future contact.

Schwartz Rounds

HEAR is proud to facilitate the Schwartz Rounds as part of UCSD Health's Schwartz Center Membership. Schwartz Rounds provides a multi-disciplinary forum for healthcare professionals to connect as a community by sharing and discussing emotional and social aspects of caring for patients and families.

Express Interest in a Future Session

HEAR is a unique support service, but it is not considered a psychiatric treatment or crisis/emergency intervention. 

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call or text the crisis helpline at 988 or send a chat on