Wellness And Health

Creating a culture of wellness for students, faculty, and staff. Integrative wellness is woven throughout the curriculum to help student’s cope with the rigors of medical school and to become better doctors.

Wellness Wednesdays

Every Wednesday students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to learn and practice yoga, meditation, tai chi, Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, and more. All classes are led by local experts and practitioners.

Health Services

UNLV School of Medicine students’ primary care provider is the UNLV Student Health Center.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.

Medical Student Health Insurance

Medical students are required to carry student health insurance. The insurance is included in the cost of attendance for all medical students. Medical students who can demonstrate comparable insurance coverage can apply for a waiver. Students can pay to include a spouse or domestic partner, or dependents.

The health insurance fee is paid annual, as part of fall semester fees. The cost of attendance includes the full annual amount for the student only. Financial aid cannot be increased to cover the insurance costs for a spouse/partner or dependent(s).

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Medical Student Long Term Disability Insurance

The School of Medicine provides long term disability insurance for each medical student. There is no additional charge to medical students for this coverage. Complete information is available.

Long Term Disability Insurance Program Summary

Student Health Insurance Plan

Insurance Requirement

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas requires that all registered School of Medicine students be covered by a health insurance plan. All eligible students are automatically enrolled in the university-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) unless they choose to submit an insurance waiver of comparable coverage by the waiver deadline.

What is Student Health Insurance?

Student Health Insurance is an affordable health insurance plan tailored to the health care needs of University of Nevada, Las Vegas students. It features year-round, world-wide coverage network. This means students can receive convenient, high quality care when they are sick or injured without having to be concerned about cost or availability of the care they need. The Student Health Insurance plan provides optimal coverage for services on campus and in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas community in addition to peace of mind for both parents and students.

More Information

Considering waiving out of Student Health Insurance?

If you are planning on waiving out of the UNLV Student Health Insurance plan, you should first make sure the insurance plan you carry provides coverage at least within 25 mile radius of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Some insurance plans require that you visit their own network providers to receive care, and in some cases, such networks may not be available within a reachable distance from UNLV where you will be spending most of your time while attending school.

If you have verified that network coverage is available within the University of Nevada, Las Vegas area, please be prepared to answer the below questions which you’ll be asked on the actual waiver form on the next screen. If you do not have the answers to the questions listed below, you should contact your insurance company to collect all the information prior to proceeding.

Remember! You can only submit the waiver ONE time. Once waiver has been submitted you’ll receive a “Waiver Accepted” or “Waiver Denied” page based on the answers provided on the waiver form. You will NOT be able to access the waiver system again to make any corrections, so it is important that you have all the correct information in advance of submitting the waiver.

Be prepared to respond to the following questions:
  1. Name of your insurance company
  2. Phone # of your insurance company
  3. Group and medical ID# of your insurance plan
  4. Is your current insurance plan owned, headquartered and operated in the United States?
  5. Does your current plan provide Primary Care services within 25 miles of UNLV?
  6. Does your current plan provide Emergency Care within 25 miles of UNLV?
  7. How much does your current plan pay for Inpatient Hospitalization?
  8. Does your current plan have Inpatient and Outpatient Mental Health benefits?
  9. What is your current plan’s Annual Deductible per person?
  10. Does your current plan provide Fluid Exposure coverage?
  11. Does your current plan provide Prescription Medication coverage?
  12. Does your current plan provide Needle Stick coverage?

If you are sure you want to waive, please have your health insurance policy information available and proceed to the on-line waiver form.

Proceed to Waiver Form

Waiver Deadlines

The waiver application for medical students is available June 6 – August 15. No waiver applications will be accepted after midnight on August 15.

Frequently Asked Questions

Immunization and Health Requirements for Medical Students

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 - documentation of immunity required
  • Hepatitis A vaccine series - documentation of immunity required
  • Student must show proof of current two-step tuberculin testing results or QuantiFERON blood test within three months of matriculation

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.

“By being attentive first to their own wellness, students will be more compassionate and more attentive to the health needs of their patients,” says Anne Weisman, who holds a doctorate in wellness and integrative medicine.”

Anne Weisman, who holds a doctorate in wellness and integrative medicine