Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
Student Health and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) UpdateMore Information
Welcome to Student Health
Student Health Services is committed to providing the highest quality health care to MUSC students, to enhance their health and well-being, so that they may achieve their personal and academic goals.
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it has become necessary to modify the clinical operations of Student Health Services. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to meet the healthcare needs of MUSC students during these challenging times. In order to sustain a functioning staff to serve MUSC students, Student Health will maintain daily operations remotely and manage health concerns by virtual visits when possible. Please make note of the following changes in operations.
1. Scheduling - Student Health has temporarily suspended online scheduling, so please call Student Health (792-3664) for any health concerns or questions. Please leave a voicemail stating the concern you wish to have addressed, along with your name and call back number. A member of our staff will return your call within 2 hours during our normal operating clinic hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM). Calls left outside of normal operating clinic hours will be returned the following business day.
2. Acute Respiratory Infections – Student Health Services will not be evaluating acute respiratory infections or perform respiratory testing (including coronavirus infections (COVID-19). All MUSC Ambulatory Care Clinics have suspended in-office evaluations for respiratory infections and are not performing diagnostic respiratory testing (Influenza, COVID-19, Respiratory Viral Panels, Strep, etc.). Students with acute respiratory infections can access MUSC TeleHealth for treatment recommendations and determination on the necessity of respiratory testing. Decisions on the necessity of COVID viral testing are being funneled through the MUSC Health Virtual Urgent Care online platform (musc.care). Patients who are determined to need testing for respiratory pathogens will be provided an appointment for the drive-through MUSC Health respiratory specimen collection site. Notification of appointments for respiratory testing and test results are currently being managed through the Virtual Care platform - Student Health is not part of this process.
3. Routine Office Visits - All MUSC ambulatory care clinics have suspended office visits until after 4/15/2020 for routine conditions: wellness exams, medication refill visits (birth control pills, acne medications, etc.), follow up of chronic conditions (blood pressure, asthma, thyroid, etc.). Students who are required to have a medical clearance exam by outside clinical healthcare sites can call to schedule a virtual medical evaluation. For health conditions that are stable and being managed by Student Health, phone appointments will be used in lieu of office visits when appropriate. Prescriptions can be refilled until “normal” operating clinic operations resume.
4. Acute Health Conditions - Students with acute conditions (or chronic conditions that have become unstable) needing attention can call Student Health to discuss their condition with a health provider to decide if an office visit is necessary. Student Health will not see walk in visits. Please call to request a healthcare provider contact you to review your condition and address your health concerns.
5. TB Skin Testing will be suspended until after 4/15/2020. Students with special circumstances and need TB testing sooner can contact Student Health (843) 792-3664.
6. Medical Excuses – Student Health is available to evaluate and treat acute health conditions for the purpose of providing the best clinical outcome for the student’s illness. Students are welcome to contact Student Health Services for advice on how best to manage their condition or when it is safe to return to classes/clinical activities for typical (non-COVID-19) infectious conditions. Medical clearance to return to classes/clinical activities for students who test positive for COVID-19 will be managed by Student Health, but will not require an office visit. Student Health will not schedule office visits for the mere purpose of furnishing a medical excuse for missed classes, exams, or clinical rotations. It is up to the student to reconcile any absences with their professors.