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Health Policies

Immunizations

All new students are required to complete a Health History Form and an Immunizations Record. Documentation of your immunizations or serologic evidence of immunity (titers) should be obtained from your physician prior to starting school. Failure to adequately document immunity to preventable childhood illnesses or to undergo and document annual tuberculosis tests will prevent you from registering for classes and may result in removal from clinical rotations.

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) requires staff to be vaccinated with the influenza vaccine. Because influenza is highly contagious and an infected healthcare worker could unknowingly spread influenza to vulnerable patients and other workers before realizing they are sick, healthcare worker vaccination is essential. If you do not receive an annual vaccination, you may be denied the opportunity to participate in clinical work at both UMMC and outside hospitals which could compromise your ability to complete required courses and rotations.

Exposure at UMB

An exposure incident is defined by OSHA as a "specific eye, mouth, other mucous membrane, non-intact skin, or parenteral contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials that results from the performance of an employee's duties." If an employee or student, to include visiting students, receives such an exposure at UMB, the following steps should be taken:

  1. Clean wound with soap and water, and irrigate area of exposure for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Call the Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Hotline (410-328-5144) immediately after the exposure.
    • This hotline is available 24 hours a day. 
    • Your call will be answered by a medical professional who will advise you on the risk of your exposure, what treatment you may need and facilitate the "Source Patient's" blood being tested.
     
  3. Report exposure or injury to supervisor.   

Costs Covered by UMB - For UMB Medical Students Only

Costs of testing, counseling and treatment for students, other than anti-viral medications are covered under the Student Health Insurance Fee through the Student Health Center at Immediate Care/Family Medicine. Exposure incidents at affiliated sites optimally should be handled by the appropriate exposure control plan and procedures in place at the site; however, if appropriate procedures are not available the Student Health Center will provide testing, counseling and treatment services.

Students are required to first submit all bills for medical services and medications related to an exposure to their respective health insurance provider for payment. Once payment has been made by the insurance carrier students should contact the UMB Office of Academic Affairs, Campus Life Service for resolution of any outstanding costs for co-pays or plan deductibles. Students may be asked to authorize the release of protected health information related to the incident to the Office of Academic Affairs solely for purposes related to the request for reimbursement or payment of medical services.

All inquiries for reimbursement or payment of medical services related to an exposure incident should be directed to the following:

James Reynolds
Campus Life Services
Southern Management Corporation Campus Center
621 West Lombard Street
Telephone: (410)706-0485

Download Guidelines for Review and Management of Students Infected with Bloodborne Pathogens. 

Respiratory Fit Testing

A respiratory protection program is designed to protect persons involved in direct care of patients against harmful airborne agents that may be found in workplaces. It is the responsibility of the student to be aware of the policies and procedures for the respiratory protection program at each clinical site.

All students will have a medical screening examination and initial fit testing for tight-fitting respirators (i.e. N-95 filtering face-pieces) prior to the start of their first clinical rotation in the third year performed by Employee Health Services at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Note, students will be required to complete this assessment before they may begin clinical rotations.

If you require subsequent fit testing, you may contact Employee Health Services to schedule. Annual fit testing is required when wearing tight fitting respirators (e.g. N-95 filtering face-pieces and reusable elastomeric respirators with cartridges). Annual fit testing is not required for users wearing Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) with loose fitting hoods or head covers. Additional fit testing (i.e. more frequent than annually) is required under the following conditions: any change in weight or physical condition that may affect respirator fit (e.g., obvious weight loss or gain, dental changes, cosmetic surgery and/or injury or deformity, etc...).

Visiting Medical Students

Any costs associated with treatment is the responsibility of the visiting medical student and/or their health care provider.  Student Health should take the appropriate steps to obtain proof of coverage and payment.  

Last Revision: September 7, 2016