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Clinical Students

Many of our clinical students spend time away from CUMC. If you require any medical attention for any reason while you are away, please call us at 212-305-3400 or secure message your clinician. We can assist in ensuring you get adequate care, whether on campus or away. 

Occupational Exposures:

We treat any body fluid exposures or occupational injuries. Remember, body fluid exposures are a medical emergency. If you sustain an occupational exposure, come to the Student Health Service immediately. If we are closed, contact the SHS clinician on call (212-305-3400) and go to the nearest emergency room. If prophylaxis is indicated, it is most effective when begun with 1 hour of the exposure. You must also file an incident report at your clinical site for any body fluid exposure or injury.

  • A blood-borne pathogen exposure is not JUST a needle stick, but the exposure of non-intact skin or any mucosal surface to blood or other potentially infectious body fluids (e.g.., semen, vaginal secretions, breast milk, CSF, peritoneal or pericardial fluid, saliva in dental procedures, or any fluid contaminated by blood).
  • Follow these steps immediately:
    • Cleanse the injury (soap and water).
    • Notify your resident, preceptor or attending to arrange for prompt counseling and testing of the source patient for HIV, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B. Getting the source patient tested can potentially save you a month of prophylaxis, drug side effects, and many months of anxiety.
    • Seek medical attention immediately.
    • Notify SHS.

Important Information for Clinical Students Only:

As a preventive measure, all clinical students, regardless of insurance, will be enrolled in an annual supplemental plan to cover accidents and blood borne pathogen exposures. The annual premium for this plan is $50 and the fees will be assessed per semester, $25 for fall 2017 and $25 for spring/summer 2018. Students may request a waiver of enrollment in the supplemental plan by completing a manual waiver form by the open enrollment deadline of September 30, 2017. Waivers must be completed in person at 60 Haven Avenue, Apartment 3E or submitted by email to shsinsurance@cumc.columbia.edu and must be received by the waiver deadline which is September 30, 2017.

Enrolling in the supplemental accident insurance plan will cover your out-of-pocket costs, including your deductible and any associated copays for any accident occurring at a school-sponsored activity. Out-of-pocket costs for blood borne pathogen exposures that occur in the course of your clinical work are covered by this plan for up to 30 days following the date of the incident. If there are complications from the exposure, you are covered for up to one year from the date of the incident. If you would like to waive the supplemental plan, please submit the waiver form by September 30 (submission options on form).

For questions about reimbursements or procedures, please contact shsinsurance@cumc.columbia.edu.

Find more information about the annual supplemental plan here.