Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ: UTHSC CAMPUS INSURANCE PLAN
How do I get information about the UTHSC campus sponsored insurance plan?
Click here for student health insurance information on the UHS webpage:
The agent for the United Insurance Plan is Mr. Jerry Holland at:
Gerald Holland Insurance
P.O. Box 328
Southhaven, MS 38671
888-393-9500 (toll free)
FAQ: For New Students -Required shots and blood tests
How do I submit my immunization records to UHS?
UHS now has a secure web-portal called OpenCommunicator where students can submit their records. Just go to the following link:
Enter your net ID and password
Enter your date of birth
Click on Forms (at left)
Click on UTHSC Required Immunizations
Complete this form
Then submit copies of your official vaccine documentation to UHS so we can verify your records. You can mail, fax, or e-mail your records.
University Health Services
910 Madison Avenue, Suite 922
Memphis, TN 38163
(901) 448-5630 phone
(901) 448-7255 fax
What is a titer?
A titer is a blood test that determines if you have immunity to a particular disease. UHS offers titers for chickenpox, hepatitis, mumps, measles, and rubella.
What if I do not have a positive titer or I do not convert to positive after my series of 3 shots?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that if a person fails to convert after the 3 shot series, the series should be repeated once. If the repeat titer remains negative, no further shots are recommended.
How long is my immunity after the Hepatitis B series of shots?
Immunity may be for a life time but it varies with each individual. CDC recommends a follow-up titer every 4 years to determine if your immunity has changed.
Why am I required to have the varicella antibody titer if I know I had chickenpox as a child?
You must have proof of immunity which can be shown by a lab test (varicella antibody titer). You may get this test at UHS and the cost is $40 for UTHSC students. If you have a negative titer, you must get the shots to prevent you from getting the disease. This is a series of 2 shots for a cost of $200 and can be given at UHS.
Do I have to get a meningitis shot?
Meningitis shots are required for students in the Clinical Laboratory Program, College of Allied Health. They are recommended for residential students but not required. UHS has these shots for $100.
What will happen if I don’t complete all of my vaccines before orientation?
You will need to make an appointment at UHS to get caught up on your shots and blood tests. You have until the end of the semester to get started on all that you can. If you do not get started or attempt to complete your immunizations, your name will be given to your Dean at the close of the semester.
FAQ: TB SKIN TESTING OR BLOOD TESTS
Why do I need a TB Skin test every year?
If you are a health care worker or around health care workers in your job, you need to be screened for exposure to tuberculosis every year. TB is an airborne disease that is a risk for all health care professionals.
What is a T-Spot Blood test?
TheT-Spot TB test is a blood test for screening for exposure for TB if you have a history of a previous positive response to the PPD. It can also validate a past positive TB skin test and determine more accurately if you have been exposed to TB. This test is offered at UHS and is free to UTHSC students.
What if I have a positive TB skin test?
If you have a history of a positive TB skin test, you must be cleared from a US County Health Dept. and show UHS a card demonstrating this clearance. If you do not have that card, UHS will either offer you the T-SPOT TB TEST or refer you to the Memphis Shelby County Health Dept. for clearance.
FAQ: COPIES OF MEDICAL RECORDS OR IMMUNIZATIONS
How do I get copies of my medical records or immunizations ?
UHS is happy to send copies of your records. Just complete the medical release form and send to us. We must have
24 hour notice. Please be very specific and list dates of service and provider.
Also, for new students entering in 2012, you can go to the OpenCommunicator web-portal and print your own immunization records.
FAQ: COUNSELING AND MENTAL HEALTH
What if I need to talk to someone about some problems I am having?
Call 1-800-327-2255 to access the UTHSC Student Assistance Program (SAP). Counselors are available 24/7 and can help you get an appointment with a provider in the area where you are living. You can get 6 face-to-face visits for any issue and no insurance is filed.
What if I need to see a psychiatrist?
UHS will have a psychiatrist and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner on staff that can see you medical evaluations and prescriptions. Call 901-448-5064 for an appointment or for more information.
What happens if individuals need services beyond SAP (such as psychological testing for ADHD or other learning disabilities)?
Students can contact the Disability Coordinator at Student Academic Support Services (901-448-5056) for disability related services. For psychological evalatuions for ADD/ADHD testing, UHS refers to Dr. David B. Goldstein, ( Phone: 901-853-3910) for the approved testing with the United Student Insurance plan.
The student insurance plan now covers the ADD/ADHD testing and medication (after a $250 annual deductible).
FAQ: URGENT CARE
What do I do if I need to be seen quickly?
Call UHS at 901-448-5630 and tell the person on the phone that it is urgent for you to be seen. If UHS is closed, call 541-5654 to reach the provider on call.
Can I just come to UHS?
Yes, you can come to UHS. UHS currently schedules SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS for acute care issues. Just call 901-448-5630. All other appointments, such as immunizations and physicals, will be scheduled during the first available time slot or at your convenience. You can also schedule appointments through OpenCommunicator by going to http://pnc-portal.uthsc.edu
FAQ: EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION
What is emergency contraception?
Emergency contraception is a backup method for preventing pregnancy and is not for routine use. Plan B® can reduce your chance of pregnancy after unprotected sex. For example, if you were using a condom and it broke, if you forgot to take 2 or more of your birth control pills this month, or if you were sexually assaulted, Plan B® may be a good option for you. It is important to know that Plan B® is not RU-486 (the abortion pill). Because Plan B® is used to prevent pregnancy, it will not work if you are already pregnant, and it will not affect an existing pregnancy.
Remember that you have only a few days to prevent a pregnancy after unprotected sex. If it is taken within 3 days (72 hours) after unprotected sex, it will decrease the chance that you will get pregnant by 89%. THE LONGER THE DELAY AFTER UNPROTECTED INTERCOURSE, THE LESS EFFECTIVE PLAN B BECOMES. Plan B is available over the counter at most drug stores.
FAQ: ON THE JOB INJURY
What should I do if I get hurt on my job?
IF YOU ARE A UTHSC EMPLOYEE OR A RESIDENT: Notify your supervisor immediately and have them complete the State of Tennessee, Accident Report Form prior to being seen at UHS. This must be submitted to the Worker’s Compensation office in 910 Madison Ave, Suite 722. This form is essential for documentation of occurrence and determination of benefits through Worker’s Compensation. You may come to UHS for your care or go to the nearest emergency department.
IF YOU ARE A STUDENT: Have the facility file all charges on your insurance. The campus sponsored plan has this coverage. If you are on another insurance plan, other than the student plan, you should verify that this coverage is in your policy. It is very important that these procedures are followed as you are responsible for any bills incurred. All follow up care is to be scheduled at UHS.
FAQ: NEEDLESTICK OR OTHER BLOOD BORNE PATHOGEN EXPOSURE
What do I do if I have an exposure to blood or body fluids?
Go to this link: http://www.uthsc.edu/univheal/UTHSC%20employee%20health/injuriesexposures.php
FAQ: Who do I contact for comments, concerns?
Christa Deiss at 901-448-5064 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about what to do in case of various emergencies.
910 Madison Ave. Suite 922
Memphis, Tennessee 38163