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Health Information for Students

Student Health Clinic

 The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
UT Professional Building
6410 Fannin St. Suite 1010
Houston, TX 77030
(713) 500-5171
(713) 500-0605 fax

Hours:
M-F 8:30 – 5:00 PM. Appointments preferred. Acute illness Walk-Ins can be seen from 9-11AM and 1-3PM.

No physician between 12:00 – 1:00 PM

After Hours: For non life threatening emergencies contact the answering service at 713-500-5808 and ask to speak to Student Health doctor on call.

Needlesticks : For occupational exposure or Needlesticks call the  24 hour hotline at 713-500-OUCH (713-500-6824). Call this emergency hotline before going to the ER. Callers will be given instructions on what to do and if postexposure prophylaxis medications are needed.

Counseling:

MDACC School of Health Professions students seeking counseling should contact the University of Texas Health Science Center  at Houston's  professional counseling services  The service provides SHP students access to staff psychologists and psychiatrists. 
Location:
University of Texas Employee Assistance Program (UTEAP)
7000 Fannin St., Suite 1670
Houston, TX 77030. 
Phone 713-500-3327 or 1-800-346-3549

AIDS, HIV and HBV

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center recognizes the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) as serious public health threats. It is the policy of this institution to minimize risk to our patients and to provide the highest quality patient care. It is also the policy of this institution to make reasonable accommodations when disabilities limit the capacity of otherwise qualified applicants and employees as set forth in the institution’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policy. Any student or employee infected with HIV or HBV will not be permitted to perform exposure-prone procedures unless and until an Expert Review Panel determines that it would be medically appropriate to do so.

The existence of HIV or HBV infection will not be used by MD Anderson to determine suitability for admission to an educational program unless the program requires performance of exposure-prone procedures as identified by MD Anderson’s Expert Review Panel. No employee or student will be denied benefits or provided reduced benefits under a health plan offered through The University of Texas System on the basis of a positive HIV test result. A person with HIV or HBV infection shall not be denied access to MD Anderson because of HIV or HBV infection. A complete copy of the institution’s policy regarding AIDS, HIV and HBV is available in the Office of the Dean.

Educational Materials Concerning AIDS/HIV

Student Health Clinic
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
6410 Fannin Street – UT Professional Building, Suite 1010 Houston, TX 77030
Phone 713-500-5171

Contagious Diseases and Immunization Requirements

In the event that a student contracts or is exposed to a communicable disease, the student must notify the program director so that patient contact limitations are considered. All institutional policies regarding infection will be observed. Copies of these policies are available in each Program Office and in the Office of the Dean.

Federal regulations require that:

  • Students who are at risk for exposure to body/ blood fluids must be informed of the potential danger of contracting the hepatitis B virus and other infectious materials
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions must show documentation that each student has:
    Been informed of the standard exposure precautions to be followed when working with patients
    • Has received the hepatitis B vaccine or has declined the vaccine but understands the risk incurred by so doing
    • The Immunization Form must be completed at the time of registration.

Bacterial Meningitis

April 2011 rule update:

Effective for incoming students as of Jan 1, 2012:

The University of Texas System has issued  a policy statement  regarding Texas Meningitis Laws HB 1816 and  SB 1107   that  applies to students under the age of 30,  requiring a meningococcal (bacterial meningitis ) vaccine or “booster” dose during the five year period prior to but no later than ten days before the first day of the first semester students will enter that institution.

Policy Revision, April 25, 2012:
At its April 25, 2012 meeting, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the following policy change and revision to the April 2011 rules:

Conscientious Objection form for student NOT LIVING IN ON-CAMPUS HOUSING
For new students at institutions of higher education NOT living or residing in on-campus housing, who wish to file an affidavit stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, the student may use the official Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s form, accessible from the opening page of the website at www.thecb.state.tx.us. The student must print the form, have it notarized, and file it with the institution’s Registrar’s Office or other designated department or unit.

Conscientious Objection form for student LIVING IN ON-CAMPUS HOUSING
For new students living in on-campus housing, which includes student housing facilities located on the campus of an institution of higher education, such as dormitories, sorority and fraternity houses, privately owned residence halls, and apartments, the student must use the official Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) form. The  DSHS form may be ordered electronically. It is then mailed from DSHS to the student and it may take up to two weeks to receive the form. Once received by mail, the DSHS exemption request form must be completed, notarized, and provided to the designated school official at the institution the student will be attending. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the DSHS form and have it notarized. More Information about requesting the DSHS affidavit form is available at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/immunize/school/default.shtm#exclusions.

Rules Change:
The following rules were revised: Section 21.612 (1)(A) refines the definition of a new student to include a student previously exempt under Subsections 21.614 (a)(2) through (5), should the student’s exception no longer apply.

Information about Meningitis 
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions provides all new students with information about bacterial meningitis including:

  • Symptoms
  • How the disease is diagnosed
  • How it is transmitted
  • Consequences of the disease
  • How it can be treated

All students must acknowledge receipt of this information at Orientation. To expedite this process, students may download, print and complete the acknowledgement form in advance of  the orientation session by downloading the following form: Important Information about Bacterial Meningitis - Acknowledgment (pdf). For Orientation dates, please see the Academic Calendar.

 

 

 

 


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