Section 10: Student Health & Wellness

Immunization and Health requirements

Healthcare professionals, including students in training, are at a higher risk than the general population for acquiring communicable diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), Hepatitis B, and tuberculosis. In order to protect themselves, their colleagues and patients, prior to enrollment, students are required to provide evidence of immunization or immunity against these diseases.

The UNLV School of Medicine follows guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with those of relevant Nevada state agencies. Vaccines required for all medical students prior to matriculation are listed below. Students are required to provide documentation of vaccination and/or titer evidence of immunity to these diseases. Students without documentation are required to initiate each immunization series prior to matriculation with their own provider or at the UNLV Student Health Center.

Required Immunizations and documentation of immunity prior to matriculation:

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis vaccine series - documentation of immunity required
  • Polio vaccine series
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella vaccine series - documentation of immunity required
  • Varicella vaccine series - documentation of immunity required
  • Hepatitis B vaccine series (3 immunizations) or Hepatitis adjuvant (2 immunizations)
  • Student must submit results of a Quantiferon blood test within three months of matriculation. Download complete Quantiferon testing instructions to go through UNLV Student Health Center.

Vaccinations required for all medical students, which can be initiated FOLLOWING matriculation:

  • Influenza vaccine - annually
  • Booster vaccinations as needed

Vaccinations recommended and made available to students following matriculation

  • Meningococcal vaccine
  • Annual flu vaccine

Annual health requirements

  • Annual one-step tuberculin testing or Quantiferon blood test

UNLV School of Medicine complies with Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) in relation to the State of Nevada vaccination requirements for university students. Accordingly this policy is subject to change as the NAC may be updated/amended.

Under the NAC, students can request a waiver of immunization and health requirements. Medical students who request a waiver will be unable to complete required placement in affiliated hospitals and clinics. Clinical placements are a requirement of the UNLV School of Medicine curriculum. A student who is unable to complete these requirements due to an immunization waiver will be unable to fulfill the medical school's graduation requirements and will be subject to review and possible dismissal by the Medical Student Progress Committee.

Insurance

Health Insurance: All medical students are required to have comprehensive health insurance. Information on health insurance coverage, cost, insurance for spouses or domestic partners and dependents, eligibility, and enrollment dates are available online. (LINK)

Malpractice Insurance: UNLV School of Medicine requires medical students to participate in clinical activities, including care and treatment of patients, including history taking and physical examinations at medical school sites, and at clinical and community partner sites. Students must be enrolled in an approved course, including all electives or service experiences on and off campus, to be covered by the medical school's malpractice insurance.

Disability: Medical students are required to carry disability insurance.

Occupational Exposures to Blood and Body Fluids

All students will receive training during orientation to blood-borne pathogens and infectious and environmental diseases, including how to safely avoid exposure during required medical school courses and clinical experiences. Ko9

This training must be completed in person for all incoming medical students during the Foundations phase. Subsequent training will be required annually and will be completed online. The Office of Admissions and Student Affairs is responsible for monitoring student completion of required training. Completion of this training is considered a professional responsibility for medical students.

If exposure occurs on campus, UNLV protocols will be followed. Complete information is available online. An exposure includes exposure of the eye, mouth, other mucous membranes, non-intact skin, or through the skin contact with blood or other potentially infectious agents. If an exposure occurs, the student should wash the exposed area with soap and water. If bleeding, the wound should be allowed to bleed freely. If the infectious agent or blood has entered the eye, nose, or mouth, the area should be flushed with water for 15 minutes. The student should seek immediate medical care from the UNLV Student Health Center, or the nearest emergency room or urgent care center.

Students must notify supervising faculty at the time of the incident and the Office of Student Affairs. Supervising faculty and the student are responsible for notifying the Student Affairs within 24 hours of the incident. Incidents may be reported by calling or emailing the Director of Student Affairs and completing the online exposure incident report form.

A student who has an exposure while in a clinical affiliate facility will follow the occupational exposure protocols of that facility. These protocols will be communicated to students during orientation at the clinical partner facility. The Office of Student Affairs is responsible for verifying this information is communicated to students. This requirement also will be included in all affiliation agreements, as required, for clinical affiliates and community partners.

Students who experience an exposure Monday-Friday during regular business hours, and DO NOT require emergency medical care, should follow up with UNLV Student Health Center. Students must notify the Office of Student Affairs within 24 hours of the incident. Online reporting is available. The facility protocol should include referral to on-site emergency or urgent care, depending upon the medical requirements of the exposure. The facility is responsible for ensuring the source individual is identified and documented. Baseline blood samples should be taken of the source individual and the student. Results of the individual and the student's baseline must be disclosed to the student and to the UNLV School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs. Students are required to submit to baseline and required follow up testing to determine their status post exposure and to maintain health safety for themselves and their patients.

Health Services

UNLV School of Medicine student's primary care provider is the UNLV Student Health Center. Most services at the clinic are provided as part of the medical student health and wellness fee. The Center has a complete list of additional fees available at its website. The UNLV Student Health Center offers comprehensive outpatient services for students. The clinic is located near the Tropicana Parking Garage on the main UNLV Campus. Complete information on location, appointment scheduling, and services available are online. All health services received by students at the UNLV Student Health Center are confidential and separate from all other academic records for UNLV School of Medicine students. The UNLV Student Health Clinic is not a clinical affiliate or training site for UNLV School of Medicine students.

Counseling and Psychological Services

UNLV School of Medicine provides counseling and psychological services through the UNLV CAPS. UNLV Counseling and Psychological Services is located on the main UNLV Campus in the Student Health and Wellness Center. Closes parking can be found in the Tropicana Garage. Hours, crisis/emergency information is available online. These services are included in the medical student health and wellness fee.

Confidentiality

Medical students are assured of confidentiality for both health and psychological services. Specific physicians at the UNLV Student Health Center will be assigned to take medical student appointments. These physicians will have no teaching or other responsibilities at the School of Medicine. None of the providers at CAPS have any connections or responsibility to the School of Medicine. The Office of Student Affairs will also communicate with both the Student Health Center and CAPS to be sure confidentiality protocols are in place and effective to safeguard medical student privacy.

Compliance

All students are required to complete all UNLV compliance training modules, online and in-person. This includes Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements. Students may be required to complete additional compliance training for clinical affiliates.