May 21. 2021
Dear Class of 2025,
This week, I would like to introduce you to some of the staff at Yale Health who are specifically tasked with taking care of students. Their team is committed to helping you proactively care for yourself and address any health needs that may come up during your time at Yale. Making the shift to managing your own healthcare is something you may not have considered as part of the move to college. It is important to have a conversation with your family about what this will mean for you.
Dear Yale College Class of 2025,
Another congratulations and warm welcome to you all. Deans Boyd and Peck have kindly given me this week’s message to discuss all things healthcare.
Student Health is a professionally staffed (MD’s, APRN’s, and PA’s) primary care department within Yale Health at 55 Lock Street. Our nursing staff and medical assistants are here to assist you. You can call for an appointment (203-432-0312) during normal business hours, 8:30 am-4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Once you have signed up for our online patient portal MyChart (registration link to come later this summer), you can also either self-schedule an appointment, or send a request. MyChart is also a great way to communicate with us for non-urgent issues once you are established with a provider. This year, we added telehealth (both phone and video) as an alternative to in-person visits, and busy students have found this option helpful. Please note that all visits are by appointment. Visit Student Health for more about us.
Within Yale Health, Student Health works closely with Acute Care, open to students 24/7 for urgent issues, Mental Health and Counseling, and Gynecology. Students who choose Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Care (see below) can also take advantage of in-house Diagnostic Imaging, Pharmacy, and Specialty Services. Outside of Yale Health, we partner with Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale Medicine for specialty care.
Two important first steps for this summer are:
1. Submission of your physical exam to firstname.lastname@example.org and immunizations records to the Yale Vaccine Portal .
You can submit your physical exam anytime. If you have a medical issue that has been followed closely by your physician or specialist, please get in touch with us at email@example.com , so that we can begin preparing for your care here at Yale. The Vaccine Portal will be open to incoming students on June 20th.
2. Understanding and determining your health care coverage.
All full-time students receive Yale Health Basic coverage services free of charge. This consists of visits to Student Health, Athletic Medicine (varsity athletes), Mental Health & Counseling, Acute Care, Gynecology, Inpatient Care (4th floor infirmary), Blood Draw, and Nutrition.
Students are automatically enrolled in and charged a fee for Yale Health Hospitalization/Specialty Care coverage. If you have other insurance that covers care in Connecticut, you can choose to waive this coverage. Please review Health Coverage Overview for Students at Yale for more details. Our Member Services team is available to answer any questions you have about coverage (203-432-0246 or firstname.lastname@example.org ).
This is a lot of information to digest, and you are not expected to absorb it all at once. Please keep this email as a reference to be used over the coming weeks. We are always happy to answer any questions and concerns. Have a wonderful summer and see you this fall.