Information for Spouses and Families

Medical students (MS) represent the best students from many universities. However, not every medical student can be at the top of the class. This can really frustrate some students. Most students settle in to medical school after the first semester, so be very patient during the fall semester. Students can sometimes feel overwhelmed or depressed. A MS should never hesitate to seek help at the Student Health Services Psychological Services Division, from an advisor, or from the office of Student Affairs. Also, medical students start dissecting for Gross Anatomy during the first week. This can be strange and uncomfortable for some students, so be willing to listen if a student needs to talk.

Being married to a medical student can be extremely difficult. You will find that your spouse's days will be full of classes, review sessions, study groups, and a few social events. Because of their busy schedules, they might not have as much time to spend with the people they love. Try to be understanding and patient because it will take time for a medical student to find the right balance between school and family life. In addition, as the spouse of a medical student, you may find yourself having to take care of many household responsibilities-often with little thanks. Just remember that your spouse appreciates everything you do even if he or she does not tell you.

Because you may not be able to spend as much quality time with your spouse, you may find it helpful to become involved with your own personal activities. Church groups, volunteer activities, and community classes (such as those offered at the YMCA) are easy ways to meet new people and do great things. Also, if you would like to learn more about the field of medicine and gain an understanding of your spouse's new life, UNC Hospitals offer many volunteer opportunities. An auxiliary group for spouses of medical students and residents can offer support, but the group is mostly composed of residents' spouses.

Student Recreation Center (SRC)
Spouses of medical students can join the SRC for a set fee. This fee gives spouses full access to the SRC, Rams Head, Woollen and Fetzer Gyms, the indoor pool, and the outdoor pool. You would also have access to all of the fitness classes at the SRC. Refer to the UNC One Card site at for more information.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA
The YMCA is located at 980 Airport Rd. in Chapel Hill. Call (919)942-5156 to find out about membership fees and various class schedules.

Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill
The Ronald McDonald House serves as a temporary housing facility for families of seriously ill children at UNC.

Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill
101 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC
Phone: 919 913-2040
Fax: 919 966-7651

UNC Hospitals
If you would like to volunteer at UNC Hospitals please call Volunteer Services at 966-4793.

 

For additional questions check the Frequently Requested Resources

 

Questions or comments? Email question@listserv.med.unc.edu