Students coming to the Student Health Office who are ill or injured are examined by the physician or nurse. Complete physical exams for places of employment, clinical rotations, volunteer positions, etc. are not done in the Student Health Office.
Minor emergencies are treated in the Student Health Office. Students with more serious injuries, such as lacerations that require sutures, possible fractures, etc. are transported to the University of Pennsylvania Emergency Room for evaluation and treatment.
Students may consult with the physician or nurse concerning any health related issue or problem. Students often come in with questions/concerns about STD’s, pregnancy, alcohol / drug / tobacco problems, symptoms a friend or roommate may be having, etc. Sometimes students come because they have a peculiar problem and they don’t know who they should see. The physician and nurse may help them directly or assist the student in seeking help from a more appropriate source.
All visits and consultations are confidential.
The Student Health Office works in close collaboration with the Counseling Office when students present with problems that may benefit from seeing one of the University counselors.
Once again, all visits are confidential.
Students with special dietary and nutritional concerns or needs may seek advice from the physician or nurse. Examples of problems that students may be faced with are diabetes, hypoglycemia, and weight gain or weight loss.
The Student Health Office uses the services of Quest Diagnostics. Quest Diagnostics will directly bill the student’s insurance. Occasionally students will need the Out Patient Laboratory Services of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. In that event, USP Security will provide transportation to and from the laboratory.
Students who need services beyond the scope of the Student Health Office will be given appropriate referrals to other health care facilities as is necessary. These health care providers will bill the student’s insurance.
During the hours that the Student Health Office is open, a room is available for students to lie down for observation by the medical staff. Generally, this area is utilized for minor problems. More serious medical problems, such as severe dehydration would require transportation of the student to the emergency room.
The Student Health Office keeps a large supply of health related pamphlets and brochures. These are available to students free of charge. Pamphlets include such topics as STD info, Safer Sex, Mono, Hepatitis, Nutrition, Exercise, etc.