UMMS/UMMHC Resources for Wellness

Maintaining personal wellness requires attention to health and fitness, integrating work and family life, and the support to meet life challenges. UMMS and UMMHC provide resources, policies, and procedures in the following areas to help faculty maintain personal wellness:

Health & Fitness

Integrating Work & Family

Facing Challenges

Health & Fitness

Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society: The Center has pioneered the integration of mindfulness-based approaches in mainstream medicine and healthcare through patient care, research, academic medical and professional education. The Center includes the Stress Reduction Clinic – the oldest and largest academic medical center-based stress reduction program in the world. For more information see the Center website.

Fitness Centers: UMMS has two fitness centers, one located on the University Campus and the other at South Street, Shrewsbury. For more information see the Human Resources Wellness website.

Diversity & Inclusion Office
The Diversity and Inclusion Office (DIO) is the primary vehicle for guiding the diversity and inclusion efforts of the academic health sciences center. The DIO has developed initiatives on Engagement and Mindfulness, and sponsors events throughout the year to promote diversity and inclusion.

Integrating Work & Family

Child Care Services: UMMS sponsors a child care center for infants, toddlers and preschool children close to University and Memorial campuses. For more information see the Human Resources Child Care webpage.

Extension of Probationary Period for Tenure Track Faculty: The 8-year probationary period for faculty on the tenure track may be extended to a maximum of 12 years on request by the faculty member. For more information, see Extension of the Probationary Period (Section 4.5.e of the Academic Personnel Policy).

Mothers Rooms: The Mothers rooms are available to any nursing mother who is a student or employed by UMMS or UMass Memorial Health Care (UMMHC). Each room provides private space where nursing mothers are welcome to express milk or nurse during their time on the University campus or South Street campus.  For more information see here

Part-time Faculty Guidelines: Both tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty may seek a part-time effort assignments by negotiation with their department chair (or Program Director) - refer to the Guidelines for Part Time Faculty Effort at UMMS/UMMMG. Faculty must be employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week to qualify for full benefits. Over 300 employed UMMS faculty currently have part-time appointments.

Retirement: Transition through retirement is a major life passage that affects both the faculty member and the Institution. The OFA, in partnership with the Human Resources Departments of the UMMS and UMMMG and with the input of focused work groups, has developed pre-retirement, retirement and post retirement programs, guidelines, and materials to aid both faculty and their Departments. For more information see Transition Through Retirement.

Work-Life and Wellness Programs: UMMS provides programs to address work-life issues and to enhance the wellness of employees. For more information see the Human Resources Work-Life and Wellness website.

Facing Challenges

Employee Assistance Program (EAP): UMMS maintains an extensive employee assistance program through the Human Resources Department. Faculty may contact the EAP to seek help and resources for a wide range of personal problems and issues. For more information see the EAP website.

Family and Medical Leave: Faculty members employed by either UMMS or UMMHC may be granted leave pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

  • Download the FMLA policy for UMMS-employed faculty. (UMMS Intranet site: login required)
  • Download the FMLA policy for UMMHC-employed faculty (UMMHC Ournet site: login required)