Student Support Office
The Student Support Area (Área de Apoio ao Aluno – ‘3As’) was created in 2017 as part of an initiative supported by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon (FMUL), whose mission was to transversely support all areas of the students’ personal, social and professional development throughout their academic path, by promoting a space of integration and openness to diversity and personal growth.
Several projects are underway within this area, such as Espaço S, Mentoring and Solvin’ It.
In a joint initiative of the Directorate of the AEFML and the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon, with support from the Psychiatric and Mental Health Department of the Lisboa Norte-HSM Hospital Center, Espaço S was created with the aim of providing psychological support to FMUL students and promoting Mental Health within the faculty.
After a few years based in the Psychiatric and Mental Health Department of the Lisboa Norte-HSM Hospital Center, with Professionals (Psychiatrists, Psychologists, etc.) associated with the service, in September 2017 Espaço S was allocated its own human resources, under the coordination of Professor Daniel Sampaio, moving to new facilities at the Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health.
It is still supported by the Psychiatric and Mental Health Department of the Lisboa Norte-HSM Hospital Center, as this is a reference service that cooperates with Espaço S.
What is Espaço S?
It is a Space where you can work on, deal with and reflect on issues that are crucial for your well-being. Where you will be able to understand yourself and your problems. A space where you will be able to be yourself, without barriers, where what you believe matters is what really matters.
Who provides support at Espaço S?
Espaço S has a dedicated Clinical Psychologist, with no teaching connections with the FMUL. So, this is intended to be an independent and autonomous space that allows protecting the confidentiality of all those who wish to receive support.
Where will this support be provided?
Espaço S is based at the Institute for Preventive Medicine, next to the Egas Moniz building, office 71, and is available during the following working hours:
Tuesday | Wednesday – 8.30 a.m. to 11.30 p.m. // Thursday – 3.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
How can you schedule an appointment?
1st Stage: Initial Assessment
– To schedule this Assessment, you simply need to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details: Full Name, Date of Birth, Academic Year, Telephone Number
PLEASE NOTE: This e-mail (email@example.com) will only be accessible to the Psychologist who carries out the initial assessment, being entirely confidential and not accessible to any other person outside the Espaço S Working Group.
2nd Stage: Psychological and/or Psychiatric Support
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Solvin’ It is a peer-teaching project created within a partnership between AEFML – Associação de Estudantes da Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa) and Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon (FMUL). T Its purpose is to offer complementary contents for various curricula units teached at FMUL.
This project offers a lighter learning environment giving the students the chance of asking questions and getting their doubts answered in a relaxed/informal way.
The training sessions are prepared by the Solvin’ It monitors: more advanced students, confirmed by first years’ Tutors.
The 4th edition of this project will take place as in previous years, in two semesters and will cover several curricula units such as Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology and Microbiology.
Solvin’ It project main objectives are:
– Add non-medical pedagogical tools to FMUL usual learning methods, within a didactic and informal environment;
– Improve the aquisition of knowledge;
– Motivate students to pursuit more advanced levels;
– Promoting teaching-learning dynamics between peers (peer-teaching);
– Increment pedagogical culture among peers;
– Provide students with a first contact with teaching procedures;
– Promote a critical spirit and a reflection on pedagogical tools for the promotion of teaching;
– Consolidate knowledge, by simplifying and organizing it, facilitating the learning process for younger students ;
– Deepen knowledge and promote its application in new contexts;
– Develop group work skills and oral presentation.
Once recognized the great importance and benefits of peer-teaching Solvin’ It Project, for this 4th edition an agreement was set between AEFML and FMUL. This agreement allowed the creation a students’ scholarship and of an attendance spot, for doubts and clarifications concerning the project.
There is a “Solvin’ It Attendance” spot where students can present their questions and the respective clarification.