Student Health Care Policy

An excerpt from the UF College of Medicine, Medical Education Program, Policies and Procedures, page 32.

Policy

Medical and psychiatric physicians at the Student Health Care Center (SHCC) may hold faculty positions in the College of Medicine and, therefore, may have academic and/or clinical teaching responsibilities with medical students.  Most of the teaching assignments bring the faculty member into direct contact and academic involvement with only a few students in each class year.  Because of the potential for conflict, medical students presenting for services at the SHCC or the SHCC Shands satellite clinics will be given the option to see (1) a faculty member or alternative health care provider who has not, and will not, have an academic role with them or, (2) a health care provider in the community.

Similarly, the counselor at the College of Medicine, Office of Student Counseling & Development also holds a faculty position.  However, this individual does not have any academic and/or clinical teaching responsibilities, is not involved in the academic assessment of the students and does not take part in decisions regarding the advancement/promotion and/or graduation of medical students.

Procedure – Gainesville

Medical students will be notified of this provision during their orientation to the College of Medicine.  The policy shall also be posted on the Student Affairs and Student Counseling and Development websites. Additionally, this information will be presented annually to the faculty members who serve as the Collaborative Learning Groups Leaders, as well as the Course Directors and Clerkship Directors.

When students call to make medical or psychiatric appointments at the SHCC, at Shands or an associated clinic, they should identify themselves as being a medical student. Students can request an appointment with a healthcare provider who does not have a teaching role. If a non-teaching physician is not available at either the main SHCC or any of the satellite clinics, the student will be referred to a non-UF physician in the community.

If a student is assigned to a clinical site or service that involves one of his/her health care providers, the student may request and will be reassigned to a different service.