USD Student Health offers a variety of clinic services

USD Student Health offers a variety of clinic services by M. Jill Karolevitz USD Student Health has been privatized in the past, but due to student complaints, it returned to campus in 1977, according to Director Larry Hudson.

�That�s when the president of USD at the time directed the School of Medicine to create an on-campus student health service, although we�re not affiliated with the the med school at this time,� he said.

The clinic, located at Julian Hall, is part of the Division of Student Affairs, and is governed by the Student Health Advisory Board. It is funded almost entirely by the general activity fees paid by students.

�A small part of our budget also comes from a small fee for service,� Hudson said.

In addition to Hudson, USD Student Health staff includes a full-time physician, Dr. Greg Geise, and two full-time physician assistants, Ken Korn and Judy Rein. There are also three nurses on staff, along with the equivalent of two and a half lab techs, a one-half-time X-ray tech and two administrative secretaries. Three to four hourly student employees are also on staff.

�Our goal is to provide quality medical care for the students,� Hudson said. �If we can maintain a healthy student population, they will do better academically.�

The clinic is open during regular school hours, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Although appointments are necessary for students, acute cases will be taken care of on an emergency basis.

According to its website, USD Student Health services include:

? Routine health maintenance examinations and emergency care, including minor surgery and simple fracture treatment.

? Full-time laboratory services during office hours.

? X-ray services during office hours.

? Electrocardiograms, pulmonary function tests and up-draft nebulizer treatments.

? Nutritional counseling.

? Limited athletic training.

? A cold care clinic.

? HIV pre-test and post-test counseling.

? Vaccinations, including tuberculosis testing, tetanus and pre-admission immunizations.

? Allergy shots if allergy serum is provided for the allergy patient by a board certified allergist.

? Athletic physicals and routine examinations required for insurance companies, jobs and college admittance.

? Orthopedic supplies, assessed on an individual basis.

? Annual gynecological examinations.

USD Student Health is nationally accredited through the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.

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