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GME Counseling Services

GME Psychologists:

Dr. Sheetal Shah Dr. Uma Anand
Sheetal Shah, Ph.D. (image left) and Uma Anand, Ph.D. (image right)

UC Davis Health Residents and Clinical Fellows have counseling services available through the Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP). Three psychologists at ASAP, Uma Anand, Ph.D., Sheetal Shah, Ph.D., provide services that are designed specifically to support the unique needs of individuals in training. Please reach out to the Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) at 916-734-2727 to schedule an appointment. ASAP also has additional clinicians available to ensure trainees receive timely access to services. 

Counseling services can help identify and resolve problems whether the problem is work related, personal, career or relationship focused. Services include individual counseling, couples/family sessions, as well as sessions with spouse/partners alone. The services are confidential, no fee, no EMR and sessions can be arranged in the evening hours. Sessions can assist with coping in various areas including:

  • Adjustment issues
  • Concerns about work performance
  • Coaching on communication and interpersonal skills
  • Family difficulties and tensions
  • Financial concerns
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Career decisions
  • How to address and prevent burnout

Contact InformationAcademic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) | 916-734-2727

Referrals:  The ASAP Psychologists can also assist Residents/Clinical Fellows and their families locate resources through their medical insurance plan or self-pay providers.

Residents and Fellows have Anthem as their behavioral health provider. To find an in-network provider for Residents and Fellows,  please click this link to be directed to the Anthem “Find Care” experience. Anthem also offers the Live Health On Line information for additional telehealth services.

Crisis Services:  Please Call Sutter Center for Psychiatry 916-386-3000 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255. 

Additional Wellness Resources:

  • Headspace Care (formerly Ginger) offers confidential mental healthcare through coaching via text-based chats, self-care resources, and video-based therapy and psychiatry for individuals 18 years and older. Support is available anytime, 24/7/365, anywhere, for a variety of mental health challenges you may be struggling with—all from the privacy of your smartphone. For more information: UCOP Virtual Behavioral Health
  • Physician Support Line is a national, free, and confidential support line service made up of 600+ volunteer psychiatrists, joined together in the determined hope to provide peer support for our physician colleagues during the COVID-19 epidemic. No appointment necessary  1-888-409-0141
  • Consider pausing for a few moments of self-reflection and access the Well-Being Index online or through the app. The Index is a short survey that can assist you in knowing what resources you might need. Invitation Code: UCD GME.  
  • GME also offers an interactive confidential screening program. Take a moment to complete the brief, online questionnaire to find out how stress may be affecting you. After completing the questionnaire, one of our counselors will send you recommendations for further evaluation or follow-up. Again, this service is completely anonymous and confidential
  • There also might be times when you, your colleague or your team might benefit from peer support. Perhaps, you experienced a challenging shift, an unexpected patient outcome, or navigating the pandemic has become overwhelming. Please reach out to the Support U Peer Responder Program or email
  • If you are looking for wellness tips and resources, take a moment to peruse the many Good Stuff newsletters that Sara Aghamohammadi, M.D., Our Chief Wellness Officer,  provides each week.