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This guide provides a calendar and information about wellness activities taking place on the USC Health Sciences Campus.

Wellness of You! @ USC HSC

The University of Southern California has selected wellness to be a campus wide area of focus.  Many groups and divisions across the USC Health Sciences Campus provide wellness services, activities, and events.  This guide provides an overview of these events. 


Click here to RSVP for all Norris Library events. View the calendar of events for a listing of all events open to USC faculty, staff, and students.



Mindful Pomodoro Study Sessions

Mindful studying can help prevent burnout and exhaustion, and increase your productivity and wellness. Mindful USC leads structured, mindful study sessions regularly in collaboration with various campus groups.  Study periods are 25 minutes long, followed by 5 minute break periods.

Mid-Month Mindful Pomodoro Study Sessions | Mondays 5-8pm | 2/8/21, 3/8/21, 4/5/21 | virtual event - RSVP here | Hosted by Norris Library.

Additional Pomodoro Study Sessions | M-Th. 8-11pm | 1/19-5/12/21 | virtual event - RSVP here | Hosted by Study Cafe, Leavey Library. 

Mindfulness Self-Compassion Practice Group

The Keck School of Medicine is pleased to host a Mindful-Self Compassion (MSC) Practice Group.  MSC combines the skill of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience.  Practice groups are drop-in (no registration) twice monthly group meetings for faculty, staff and learners.  You can drop in to any session you want for all or part of each session, whatever works for you. Click here for links

Mindfulness for Stress Reduction

This 6-week group focuses on developing and cultivating mindfulness skills to regulate responses to stress and enhance resiliency to face life’s challenges. Students will learn skills to bring awareness, presence and self-compassion to relationship with themselves and others. Each week, students will engage in a different mindfulness meditation practices and have an opportunity to discuss their experience with the group. While students are participating in the group, they are encouraged to apply learned mindfulness skills to their daily life to experience the full benefits of the group.

MindfulUSC virtual meditation sessions

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an adventure and an experiment in self-discovery and self-transformation. During this group, you will learn simple ways to draw on your own inner resources to soothe yourself in times of stressor pain. MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool to support your own emotional resilience. 

M, W, F  | 12pm | Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Drop-in
Join Zoom Meeting here

Headspace (meditation app)

Free subscription for healthcare providers through 2020.

PsychoEducation during the COVID-10 pandemic - Weekly Podcast 

LAC+USC Psychiatrist Talene Keshishian, MD discusses ways in which the pandemic is impacting both physical and mental health. In each episode, Dr. Keshishian is joined by leading experts, who share their perspectives and offer strategies for dealing with fears and uncertainties facing individuals during this unprecedented time. New Episodes Weekly on: 




Physical Therapy Interactive Education

Physical Therapists are uniquely trained to help individuals avoid injuries before they happen. Interactive educational sessions provide education on how to use equipment such as foam rollers, theracanes as well as stretching techniques, posture improvement, and more. Hosted by Norris Medical Library.

Occupational Therapy Lifestyle Redesign Workshops

The occupational therapists at the USC OT Faculty practice are experts in guiding people to make positive changes in their daily habits and routines to improve their physical and mental health. Lifestyle Redesign workshops provide practical strategies for making improvements in a variety of lifestyle areas and can be focused on topics such as time management, healthy coping, sleep hygiene, eating routines, energy management or overall work-life balance. Hosted by Norris Medical Library.

Virtual Weekly Workouts - Hosted by GSG

Wednesdays 5-6pm. Outdoor bootcamp-style workouts, led by Cali Strong Fitness. No equipment or pre-registration required. Open to all students. Click for link.


Yoga - Hosted by Project Wellness

Free weekly virtual yoga classes led by Jennifer Watson twice a week on:

  • Tuesday (5:15-6:15pm)  | Wednesday (6:30-7:30pm)
  • Click for links.


Therapy Dogs / LAX PUPs

LAX PUPs bring the same charm that they provide to passengers at LAX to help you get rid of stress and anxiety. Hosted by Norris Library and Currie Hall.  Currently suspended due to COVID.

"Let's Talk"
Led by Counseling and Mental Health Services, a division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine of USC. Let’s Talk is a drop-in opportunity to talk to a counselor to get professional guidance on any number of social and mental health topics. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to talk to a counselor, this is your opportunity to find out. 
Emotional Emancipation Circle (Group Counseling)
Emotional Emancipation Circles (EECs)sm are self-help support groups in which Black people, work together to overcome, heal from, and overturn the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority: the root causes of devaluing Black lives.
Schwartz Rounds
Schwartz Rounds offer healthcare providers a regularly scheduled time to openly discuss the social and emotional issues they face in caring for patients and families. In contrast to traditional medical rounds, the focus is on the human dimension of medicine. Panelists from diverse disciplines participate in the sessions, including physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, allied health professionals and chaplains. After listening to a panel’s brief presentation on an identified case or topic, caregivers in the audience are invited to share their own perspectives on the case and broader related issues.  Click here for link.

USC Wellness Resources

Below you will find links to selected USC websites that provide information about resources available to USC faculty, staff, and students.

Professor Emeritus Beauregard Tirebiter - Beau

Beau served as USCs full-time facilty dog. A facility dog is similar to a therapy dog, but rather than working with individuals, they are trained to work with a multitude of people on a regular basis in a facility such as a hospital, school, or nursing home.

Beau has retired and moved to emeritus status. However you can still follow his journey via cartoon, and the adventures of Rumi, the next professor in the Tirebiter line on their Instagram page

Wellness of You @ USC HSC

Here you will find links to previous Wellness of You! @ USC HSC event programming.  Event pages include links to resources shared at all events.