Health & Counseling Services
Health, Life and Disability Insurance
Health insurance is provided to the resident (additional family coverage available at the expense of the resident); life and disability insurance is provided to the resident.
Students in tuition-paying programs pay a health fee that goes to many campus-wide health initiatives. The health fee helps pay for basic illness evaluations at the UF Student Health Care Center (SHCC), but DOES NOT cover all possible medical charges. Patients are financially responsible for items not covered by the health fee; these include, but are not limited to: health insurance; hospital visits; external community providers/facilities; physicals; procedures; X-rays; lab tests; medical equipment; prescriptions; non-prescription medications; vaccinations; massage; and physical therapy. The health fee is not considered health insurance. For information about all available services, what the SHCC charges for, health insurance options and more, visit http://shcc.ufl.edu.
Worker’s Compensation Insurance
If a resident suffers a work related injury, s/he is generally covered under the workers’ compensation program of the University provided s/he complies with the requirements of the program.
All housestaff who are injured on the job should immediately go to the Shands Emergency Department. Blood and body fluid exposures are treated exclusively through the Shands Department of Employee Health. Incident reports should be filled out within 24 hours and can be obtained through each department training office. In addition, to assure prompt payment of the workers’ compensation claims, each resident should sign a “Statement of Authorization” form to release their medical record to the UF Workers’ Compensation Office. These forms will be given at the time and place of treatment.
The University of Florida is required to report all industrial accidents to the Division of Workers’ Compensation within seven days of the department’s first knowledge of an employee’s on-the-job-accident. In order to meet this time limit, the University of Florida Workers’ Compensation Office, 352-392-4940, should receive the appropriate notifications no later than four days after knowledge of the accident or injury.
Student Health Care Center (SHCC)
The UF Student Health Care Center (SHCC) is an accredited outpatient clinic staffed by licensed, board-certified healthcare professionals who provide health and wellness care to UF students by appointment. Please CALL FIRST to be seen: (352) 392-1161. The SHCC offers general medical care/primary care (illness/injury treatment, immunizations, flu shots, sexual health services and more) and specialty care (nutrition services, sports medicine, women’s health and more), as well as pharmacy, laboratory and x-ray services. For information about all available services, what the SHCC charges for, health insurance options and more, visit http://shcc.ufl.edu.
Health Science Center Students
For convenience of students at the Health Science Center, SHCC offers limited student health services at Shands Hospital. The satellite clinic is on the second floor of the Dental Tower in room D2-49. Appointments are available M-F 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in fall and spring, and M-F 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. during the summer, with limited same day appointments. Contact SHCC at Shands at 352-392-0627.
Housestaff URGENT CARE Program
The Graduate Medical Education Office, in conjuction with the UF Student Health Care Center, are excited to announce the Housestaff URGENT CARE Program. For immediate minor care, call 392-0627 to be seen quickly and efficiently by professional practitioners in the Dental Tower site of the Student Health Care Center. Illnesses include flu symptoms, pink eye, GI disorders, immunizations, allergies, prescription renewals, and other “non-life-threatening” medical concerns.
Counseling & Support Services
Resident Assistance Program
The University of Florida College of Dentistry Resident Assistance Program is designed to help residents and their families with troubling concerns. It provides a system of fast, short-term, confidential professional counseling and referral services to eligible residents, their legal spouses and other eligible dependents. The College of Dentistry pays for the basic services of the RAP; up to the first three visits to a provider are free. If more services are needed, the counselor will coordinate continued care within the healthcare benefits plan. This is available for off-site residency programs as well. To arrange an appointment, please call 352-265-5493 or 866-643-9375, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Simply state that you need an RAP appointment.
University of Florida Counseling & Wellness Center
The UF Counseling & Wellness Center is located at 3190 Radio Road. The center provides individual, group or couples counseling; self-help services; and educational and preventative presentations and consultation services. There are also specialized services available in career exploration and decision-making, multicultural counseling, women’s counseling, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender counseling, counseling for students with disabilities, and alcohol and substance abuse counseling. Appointments may be made in person Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Students requiring immediate help can be seen on an emergency basis on the same day.