Student Health and Wellness

Students at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) have access to our on-campus Student Health Center and Student Trainee Mental Health. The School is dedicated to maintaining the well-being of all students and provides resources and programming for both medical and graduate students. See below for more information about our student health and wellness offices and programs.

The Student Health Center’s mission is to provide high-quality care to all students. The Student Health Center offers physical exams, illness visits, vaccine administration, sexually transmitted infection and HIV testing, gynecologic exams, and medication refills. They also offer travel consultation (before your appointment, check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for your vaccine and medication needs). See the forms section below for all required forms. There is no co-pay; you will be seen no matter what insurance you have. If you are referred to specialists, you will need to inquire if they participate in your plan.

General Office Hours

General office hours are Monday through Wednesday (8:30 am–4:30 pm), Thursday (10 am–5:45 pm), and Friday (8:30 am–3:30 pm).

The Student Health Center is not open during lunch hours on Monday (11 am–12 pm) and Tuesday through Thursday (12–1 pm).

Students should sign into the MARC appointment scheduling system to check available hours and to make appointments. 

Students who are sick and do not see any open appointments should call Student Health at 212-241-6023 during office hours. The Student Health Center will work to accommodate you. 

For medical emergencies after hours or on weekends, please go to the emergency room. For urgent care after hours, you may go to one of these locations.

Requirements

All incoming students must complete all of the documents in the Incoming Student Health Packet. Student Health must receive these documents by fax or email by July 1.

All students must complete the following on an annual basis:

  1. Tuberculosis screening
  2. Flu vaccination

First-year MD students must complete the following requirements before they can start year 2:

  1. Annual Health Assessment Form 
  2. Tuberculosis Testing (PPD): Due mid-September

Second-year MD students must complete the following requirements before they can start year 3:

  1. Physical Exam and PPD: You must schedule an appointment at Student Health between January 1 and April 15.

Third-year MD students must complete the following during InFocus 7 in order to start their fourth year:

  1. Annual Health Assessment Form due August 30
  2. Tuberculosis Testing (PPD)

Forms

Here is a list of forms you will need:

All students and trainees have access to confidential mental health services through Student Trainee Mental Health. Services cover a wide range of mental health issues including consultation, psychotherapy and counseling, medication management, and referrals. Students and trainees most commonly seek treatment for adjustment difficulties, burn-out, depression, anxiety, and attentional symptoms.

Treatment through Student Trainee Mental Health will not incur a bill to the student regardless of his/her insurance plan. For students seeking long-term services, or for those who would prefer to see a provider outside of Mount Sinai, Student Trainee Mental Health will perform initial assessments and provide referrals from a multi-disciplinary base. Any treatment outside of Student Trainee Mental Health will require payment according to the student’s insurance plan or a fee negotiated with the outside provider.

Services through Student Trainee Mental Health are treated with the same level of confidentiality as required for all patients by New York State Law. Confidentiality is strictly and carefully protected, and any personal medical or psychiatric information will not be released without clear and written consent from the student/trainee. The only instance in which confidentiality can be broken is if a student/trainee is believed to be a danger to himself/herself or to someone else.

Students may request an initial appointment with Student Trainee Mental Health through the online scheduling system in MARC, or by sending an email (using this template) that briefly describes the reason for your request to STMH@mssm.edu.

 

Confidentiality is strictly and carefully protected by HIPAA laws and the ethics of physician/patient relationship. Student Health will not release any personal medical information to anyone without your clear and written consent. HIPAA has a clause to notify the next of kin in case of life-threatening events.

All students (medical, graduate, PhD, master’s, Genetic Counseling, etc.) have special protection on their Epic healthcare records. This means that any access to their Electronic Medical Records (EMR) will be recorded, and an automatic, random audit of all charts in the system will be conducted every three to four weeks. While this process is random, you can always contact the Epic maintenance office to request a full audit of your chart at any time, should you suspect inappropriate access. 

All student EMR charts are also equipped with an exclusive "alert system." This program sends an automatic "red flag" by email to those who monitor and maintain Epic records at Mount Sinai any time a student accesses another student's EMR. This new program allows a much higher degree of security for students' health care information, as a red flag email will trigger a manual audit of that student's chart. There will be full transparency and accountability any time a student reviews another student's chart. Inappropriate access will result in severe penalties, up to and including expulsion. 

You should also be aware of these other HIPAA stipulations:

  • It is a HIPAA violation for students to review EMR of family members.
  • It is a violation of New York State law for students to review their own children's EMR if their child is over 10 years old.
  • Children and family members of Icahn School of Medicine students who receive health care at Mount Sinai should request to have special protection extended to their charts.
  • Students may contact the Epic maintenance office to ask questions or express concerns regarding EMR privacy at the following extensions: x4-4669 and x4-5146.

In the near future, this alert system will also be in place any time a faculty member at Mount Sinai accesses a student's chart. While most of this access will be appropriate (e.g., for care received by a student from a physician at the hospital), an internal audit of the student's chart will occur to make sure nothing inappropriate has occurred. 

IcahnBeWell is a program dedicated to improving the well-being of every medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. IcahnBeWell hosts events and shares resources to support all aspects of wellness: spiritual, emotional, physical, professional, social, and financial. The group strives to bring together a community of students, staff, and faculty that supports holistic well-being following the six pillars of wellness.

For more information and resources, please visit IcahnBeWell.

The Trainee Health and Wellness Committee (THAW) is committed to improving the well-being environment by identifying gaps and barriers, advocating for change, and implementing programs and resources for all trainees of the graduate school community.

For more information and resources, please visit THAW.