UCSD Student Health Services: MEDICAL EXCUSE POLICY
Academic Year 2013-2014
Last year, the UCSD Student Health Services
had over 48,000 patient encounters. This
high utilization is expected to continue and may impact access to care unless
some types of visits are limited. Many
common illnesses and injuries do not require care by a medical
professional. For example, sore throat,
cold symptoms, or mild gastrointestinal illnesses are often best cared for by
rest and self-care at home. Visiting
Student Health Services solely to obtain documentation of illness uses valuable
appointment time, and potentially exposes others to their illnesses.
Therefore, in an effort to maintain
sufficient availability of Same Day appointments and Urgent Care visits for
those whose illness requires medical intervention, we will no longer provide
“medical excuses” except under extreme circumstances (i.e. severe, prolonged
illness that necessitates dropping a class or obtaining specific accommodations
for class/lab participation, test taking or make-up).
UCSD Student Health Services
recognizes that students are often unsure about when they should come in for
care, and we encourage anyone with mild illness or injury to access our on-line
health screens at http://studenthealth.ucsd.edu/selfassessment.shtml or to call Urgent Care at 858-534-3302 and ask to speak
with a triage nurse, if they would like assistance in determining how to best
care for their illness or injury.
We appreciate your cooperation and
concern for the well-being of our students.
Karen Calfas, Ph. D., Executive Director
Student Health and Well-being