POLICIES/PROTOCOLS

 

    Health Clearance Policy

    University of Massachusetts Medical School

    Student Health Clearance Policy and Procedures

    University of Massachusetts Medical School

    School of Medicine
    Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    Graduate School of Nursing

    Student Health Clearance Policy

    The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) requires all students admitted to the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences or the Graduate School of Nursing to complete the Student Health Clearance process prior to matriculation. This policy was developed to decrease risk of transmission of potential infectious agents, and it is part of each student’s professional responsibility to maintain this clearance throughout his/her educational experience at UMMS.

    Procedures

    Forms that must be completed can be downloaded from the Student Health Services (SHS) website using the following link, and must be returned no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of classes to:

    UMMS Student Health Services
    1st Floor, Benedict Building
    55 Lake Ave. North
    Worcester, MA. 01655

    http://umassmed.edu/studenthealth/forms.aspx

    The SHS office can help with any questions regarding the clearance paperwork and can assist with resources to help complete the process. http://umassmed.edu/studenthealth

    Consequences of Non-compliance

    Entering students: Student health clearance is mandatory and forms must be completed and submitted prior to the start of classes. Non-compliance will result in revocation of the offer of admission.

    Returning students: Student health clearance is required for attendance at classes and participation in clinical or laboratory activities. Non-compliance will result in suspension of registration and may result in a report of professionalism concerns and consequences up to and including dismissal. If a student is notified by SHS that health clearance records are incomplete, they must contact SHS immediately for assistance in resolving the problem - see SHS web site above, or call them at (508) 334-8464.

    2 Step TST Policy Explanation

    The 2 Step Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) is required for all incoming UMASS students. The following is a detailed explanation of the policy. This form is included in the New student Admission packet that is mailed to you (GSBS students do not receive admission packets).  However, it may be downloaded for your convenience. This form may be helpful to your PCP as they are filling out your health clearance forms if they are not familiar with the 2-Step process.  Step-2 TST