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Appointments

Comprehensive Primary Care Services


  • Primary Care Services


    • STD screening exams and screening labs
    • Annual checkups
    • Minor emergencies such as lacerations, sprains and other musculoskeletal trauma
    • Mental health evaluations and treatment
    • Minor dermatologic procedures
    • Immunizations/TB testing
    • Initial evaluation and treatment for most minor common infections (colds, flu, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, STDs, skin infections, sore throats, etc.)
    • Asthma evaluation and treatment
    • Hypertension evaluation and treatment
    • Referral services as appropriate
    • Eating disorder treatment
    • Compassionate advice on smoking cessation, including use of nicotine replacement therapy and/or medication therapy

  • Mental Health Services


    Student Health Services offers primary care for mental health concerns:

    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Panic attacks and test taking anxiety
    • ADHD
    • Mental Health medication management
    • Initial evaluation and referral for bipolar disorder and other complex mental health conditions

    Furthermore, Student Health Services has a dedicated in-house team of Psychiatric professionals to provide services for a broad range of mental health concerns. Students with a mental health concern may see Primary Care and may also be referred to Psychiatry from Primary Care. We also work collaboratively with Student Counseling Services for comprehensive care.


  • Sports Medicine


    Dr. M. Heath Hale and Travis Coleman, ATC offer Sports Medicine visits for all enrolled UAB Students.

    • 1. After his residency in Family Medicine, Dr. Hale completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Florida and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine (CAQSM). Dr. Hale serves as the Medical Director of UAB Athletics. Sports Medicine visits can be booked for any recreational or intramural-related injury, and any other acute or chronic musculoskeletal condition. The Student Health Services Clinic has on-site lab and x-ray for convenience, and referral relationships with Physical Therapy and Orthopedics when necessary.
    • Travis Coleman completed his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training at The University of West Alabama in Livingston, Alabama. Travis also went on to pursue a Master's of Science in Kinesiology while completing a Graduate Assistant position at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. Travis has had experience in secondary schools and majority of his experience in the collegiate settings.
    • Athletic Trainers are housed on the lower level of UAB Campus Recreation and sports medicine visits are available during normal business hours. To schedule an appointment, please visit the Campus Recreation Training Room for assistance.

    Athletic Trainer Appointment Form


  • Sexual & Reproductive Health


    • Annual exams
    • Comprehensive contraceptive consultations
    • STD screening exams and labs
    • Acute and chronic gynecologic conditions
    • HPV vaccination
    • IUD placement and removal
    • Nexplanon placement and removal
    • Colposcopy
    • Referral services as appropriate
    • HIV PrEP
    • Gender Transition Care

  • Registered Dietician


    Thank you for your interest with nutrition counseling at UAB Student Health and Wellness!

    Please log in to your patient portal to contact and set up free nutrition appointments with the RD.

    1. Log in to Blazernet
    2. Click Patient Portal
    3. Click Messages, then New Message
    4. Choose "Clinician for some Other reason"
    5. Find Clinician name Rachel Knight, MS, RD, LD
    6. Compose and Send

    Rachel will then respond to your message and determine the best date and time to schedule your initial nutrition counseling session. These sessions can be conducted in person or virtually through Zoom.


  • Immunizations & TB Tests


    205-934-3580 or by accessing the Patient Portal.

    Immunization, Titer Test, and TB Skin Test appointments are scheduled from 8:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm.

    TB skin tests are not placed after 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and are not placed at all on Thursdays. The T-spot (TB blood test) is drawn Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am - 11:30 am and 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm.

    For all other immunization needs, please schedule an immunization appointment. Only one appointment is necessary to meet all of your immunization needs. Upon arrival, please let an immunization nurse know of all of your needs.

    MEDICAL CLEARANCE


  • Allergy Clinic


    We are currently at capacity for allergy injections. As of 5/1/2024, we will begin accepting new allergy injection patients once again.

    UAB Student Health Services(SHS) administers allergy immunotherapy (injections) as a service to our students. We do not provide allergy testing, mixing of extract(s), or immunotherapy education and instruction. The first shot from your extract MUST be performed by your allergist. SHS will store your extract(s) in a temperature-monitored refrigerator, administer your allergy shot under a physician’s supervision, and provide emergency treatment in case of a reaction to your allergy shots.

    Prior to receiving allergy injections at SHS, patients must be established with a SHS clinician, to review your medical history and medications. We require orders to be signed by your allergist and submitted to SHS by fax or mail. We DO NOT accept verbal orders for dosage adjustments. We may need to contact your allergist to clarify dosages or to request necessary information.

    Before receiving allergy shots at SHS, we require your allergist to provide the requested information and to sign the UAB SHS “Allergy Injection Protocol and Consent” form. Please check with your Allergist to ensure that our request for information was received.

    ALLERGY INJECTION PROTOCOL AND CONSENT FORM ALLERGY INJECTION GUIDELINES

      • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:15am - 10:45am and 1:15am - 3:45pm.
      • The posted hours may occasionally change due to staffing, demand for services, or other reasons.
      • You may schedule by telephone at 205-934-3580, or in person at SHS.
      • You may schedule individual appointments or appointments for the entire semester.
      • Please allow 45 minutes for your appointment.
      • Check-in at the front desk.
      • All patients are required to wait at SHW a minimum of 30 minutes after injections and to check out with the allergy nurse prior to leaving the clinic. The nurse will inspect the injection site(s) and record any local reaction. If you have a history of adverse reactions, you may be asked to wait longer.

  • ADHD


    In order to continue providing high quality, evidence-based care of ADHD to students, this guideline describes the clinic process of evaluation and treatment of ADHD related concerns. Students often struggle with focusing, planning or staying motivated for meeting academic deadlines. Studies show there are other factors that could cause similar struggles other than ADHD.

    ADHD symptoms often present in childhood with notable difficulty in different areas of functioning. If these symptoms have just emerged after the student arrived to undergraduate or graduate school, a careful evaluation is necessary to determine if the sole cause of these symptoms are due to a diagnosis of ADHD. Therefore, we require documentation to verify ADHD symptoms causing difficulty in functioning were present before age 12, according to DSM 5.

    1. Students seeking care for new ADHD concerns without supporting medical records will be scheduled for an initial evaluation with a provider to determine treatment recommendation based on clinical judgment. This will be handled on a case-by-case basis. The recommendation could be a different diagnosis that explains symptoms with corresponding treatment and/or referral for additional testing if needed.
    2. Students seeking to continue ADHD treatment with supporting medical records verifying presence of difficulty in functioning that was due to ADHD prior age 12 will be scheduled for initial visit after receiving and reviewing these documentations. Students should plan accordingly to ensure continuing medication from prior or current prescriber during the process of transferring care to Student Health Services.

      Acceptable documentations include detailed medical records of diagnostic evaluation and treatment, in addition to a neuropsychological testing report. Students may be required to obtain an updated testing report based on clinical judgment of the provider. Please note testing report alone is insufficient to determine ADHD diagnosis. Prior prescription information or summary letter of treatment from providers are not sufficient, but could be additional information.
    3. Supporting records from student or previous provider may be faxed to 205- 975-6193, dropped off at our front office or mailed to the student health address.
    4. After review of documents, the student may schedule another appointment to review and transfer or initiate medication treatment.
    5. Students are required to complete a stimulant medication contract if prescribed.
    6. The extent of general medical evaluation prior to initiating stimulants should include measurement of blood pressure, heart rate, review of past medical, family, social and surgical history, and pertinent review of systems. EKG, laboratory studies, and imaging studies are done only if otherwise indicated by the history and exam.
    7. Students may complete the above process initially with a SHS Primary Care Provider or SHS Psychiatric specialist. If there is diagnostic uncertainty or other complicating factors, a SHS Primary Care Provider may refer to SHS Psychiatric services for consultation.

    References

    • Assessment of Adult ADHD With College Students
      Morgan B. Drake, Cynthia A. Riccio, Nicole Svenkerud Hale. J Atten Disord 2019 Dec;23(14):1729-1735. doi: 10.1177/1087054717698222. Epub 2017 Mar
    • Correlates of Poor Sleep and Subsequent Risk of Misdiagnosis in College Students Presenting with Cognitive Complaints
      Elana M. Gloger, Julie A. Suh. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2020 Aug 28;35(6):692-670. doi: 10.1093/arclin/acaa023
    • Symptoms of ADHD and Academic Concerns in College Students With and Without ADHD Diagnoses
      Lawrence J. Lewandowski. J Atten Disord. 2008 Sep;12(2):156-61. doi: 10.1177/1087054707310882. Epub 2008 Jan
    • Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Parameters/jaacap_adhd_2007
    • Adult ADHD: Evaluation and Treatment in Family Medicine H. Russell Searight, John m. Burke, Fred Rottnek., Am Fam Physician. 2000 Nov 1;62(9):2077-208


  • Disability Documentation


    UAB Student Health Services Disability
    Accommodation Request Documentation Protocol:

    UAB Student Health Services (SHS) strives to provide all students with timely and appropriate care to promote their academic success. Students access SHS for a wide variety of medical conditions, some of which rise to the level of a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act:

    “A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.”

    This protocol is designed to provide a structured process and guidance for students and clinicians to assess and document disability accommodations requests.

    1. All students who wish to initiate the process of requesting Disability Support Services (DSS) Accommodations from SHS may book a “DSS Consult” visit via the patient portal or by calling. This visit is intended to be the first step in assessing the disability and requested/recommended accommodations.
    2. Students are expected to complete the pre-visit “Consent and Request for SHS Documentation to DSS” form in the patient portal. This form will launch automatically in the portal when the visit is scheduled. Failure to complete this prior to the visit, or intentionally booking a different visit type for the purposes of requesting DSS documentation, may result in the visit being rescheduled or further delays in assessment and documentation.
    3. SHS providers will have a discussion with the student during their visit(s) regarding required documentation and any information the student would prefer to be included or not included in their documentation.
    4. Due to the detailed nature of an evaluation for disability and the detailed documentation required to demonstrate a relationship between a medical condition and resulting level of impairment, SHS providers may request a minimum of three office visits, at least one of which is in-person (as opposed to a virtual video visit), over a minimum of 6 weeks, to be able to provide relevant and detailed information in support of a student’s application for accommodations. One of these visits may be a “DSS Consult” visit as mentioned above but is not required to be.
      1. SHS providers also may request additional visits or evaluation beyond the guideline above in order to adequately assess and document a student’s condition and impairment.
      2. In cases where diagnosis and/or level of impairment is unclear, SHS providers may recommend provisional accommodations while the student undergoes further evaluation.
      3. In cases in which the student-requested diagnosis or accommodations are not supported by the historical and clinical information, SHS providers may decline to provide DSS documentation.
      4. Certain temporary disabilities, as determined by the SHS provider, may not necessitate the minimum visits/time listed above and SHS providers may provide DSS documentation as appropriate. Common examples of this include uncomplicated concussion recovering as expected and musculoskeletal injuries causing temporary mobility impairments.
    5. SHS providers may refer a student to a specialty provider in complex cases needing specialty evaluation. Referral to a specialist is not a guarantee that the specialist will be able to provide DSS documentation.
    6. Once adequate clinical information is obtained to provide DSS documentation, a letter will be provided within approximately two weeks of the last visit.
    7. SHS providers will provide the documentation directly to the student via PDF in the patient portal.
    8. It is the student’s responsibility to deliver the documentation to UAB DSS.
    9. Ultimately DSS determines whether or not there is sufficient documentation to approve reasonable accommodation(s). A letter of support provided by UAB SHS does not guarantee approval of a student’s application and granting of accommodations.
    10. Students are not required to go through SHS for DSS evaluation and documentation. If a student already has a well-established healthcare provider for the disability for which they are requesting accommodations, this provider is typically positioned most optimally to provide documentation.
    11. For more information on the UAB DSS process, please see https://www.uab.edu/students/disability/.


Helpful Information


  • After-Hours Information


    If you are having an emergency call 911.

    If you have an illness and need advice/assistance when Student Health & Wellness is closed (nights, weekends and holidays), call the university paging operator at (205) 934-3411 and ask for the doctor on-call for Student Health & Wellness. This will also be the doctor on-call for UAB Family Practice.

    If you ever experience any problems with our after-hours service please contact our office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 934-3580


  • Important COVID-19 Information from the CDC


    If you have COVID-19, you can spread the virus to others. There are precautions you can take to prevent spreading it to others: isolation, masking, and avoiding contact with people who are at high risk of getting very sick. Isolation is used to separate people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 from those without COVID-19.

    • Isolation


      • 1. When to Isolate: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html
        • Regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19. You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results. If your results are positive, follow the full isolation recommendations below. If your results are negative, you can end your isolation.
          • When you have COVID-19, isolation is counted in days, as follows:
          • If you had no symptoms, Day 0 is the day you were tested (not the day you received your positive test result). Day 1 is the first full day following the day you were tested. If you develop symptoms within 10 days of when you were tested, the clock restarts at day 0 on the day of symptom onset.
          • If you had symptoms, Day 0 of isolation is the day of symptom onset, regardless of when you tested positive. Day 1 is the first full day after the day your symptoms started.

      • 2. Isolation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html
      • If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days.
      • Wear a high-quality mask if you must be around others at home and in public.
      • Do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask.
      • Do not travel.
      • Stay home and separate from others as much as possible.
      • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
      • Take steps to improve ventilation at home, if possible.
      • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
      • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (like trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.

      • 3. Ending Isolation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html
      • End isolation based on how serious your COVID-19 symptoms were.
      • If you had no symptoms, you may end isolation after day 5.
      • If you had symptoms, you may end isolation after day 5 if: you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication), your symptoms are improving.
      • If you still have fever or your other symptoms have not improved, continue to isolate until they improve.
      • If you had moderate illness (if you experienced shortness of breath or had difficulty breathing), or severe illness (you were hospitalized) due to COVID-19, or you have a weakened immune system, you need to isolate through day 10.
      • If you had severe illness or have a weakened immune system, consult your doctor before ending isolation. Ending isolation without a viral test may not be an option for you.
      • If you are unsure if your symptoms are moderate or severe or if you have a weakened immune system, talk to a healthcare provider for further guidance.
      • Regardless of when you end isolation, avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 until at least day 11. Remember to wear a high-quality mask when indoors around others at home and in public and not go places where you are unable to wear a mask until you are able to discontinue masking (see below), including public transportation and travel settings.
      • Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

      • 4. Removing Your Mask: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html
      • After you have ended isolation, when you are feeling better (no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms improving),Wear your mask through day 10.
        OR
        If you have access to antigen tests, you should consider using them. With two sequential negative tests 48 hours apart, you may remove your mask sooner than day 10.
      • Note: If your antigen test results are positive, you may still be infectious. You should continue wearing a mask and wait at least 48 hours before taking another test. Continue taking antigen tests at least 48 hours apart until you have two sequential negative results. This may mean you need to continue wearing a mask and testing beyond day 10.
      • After you have ended isolation, if your COVID-19 symptoms recur or worsen, restart your isolation at day 0. Talk to a healthcare provider if you have questions about your symptoms or when to end isolation.
      • As noted in the Food and Drug Administration labeling for authorized over-the-counter antigen tests, negative test results do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions, including infection control decisions.
    • Exposures




      • 3. CONTINUE PRECAUTIONS 10 Full Days: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/if-you-were-exposed.html
      • You can still develop COVID-19 up to 10 days after you have been exposed.
      • Wear a high-quality mask or respirator (e.g., N95) any time you are around others inside your home or indoors in public.
      • Do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask, including travel and public transportation settings.
      • Take extra precautions if you will be around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.
      • Watch for symptoms: fever (100.4°F or greater), cough, shortness of breath, and other COVID-19 symptoms.
      • If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately, get tested, stay home until you know the result.
      • If your test result is positive, follow the isolation recommendations.

      • 4. Get Tested Day 6: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/if-you-were-exposed.html
      • Get tested at least 5 full days after your last exposure.
      • Test even if you don’t develop symptoms.
      • If you already had COVID-19 within the past 90 days, see specific testing recommendations.
      • If your test result is positive, isolate immediately.
      • If you test negative, continue taking precautions through day 10. Wear a high-quality mask when around others at home and indoors in public. You can still develop COVID-19 up to 10 days after you have been exposed.
      • As noted in the Food and Drug Administration labeling for authorized over-the-counter antigen tests, negative test results do not rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions, including infection control decisions.

    References


  • Telemedicine


    Student Health Services is proud to now offer telemedicine visits. These are virtual medical appointments conducted through American Well Touchpoint (AW Touchpoint), a free app specially designed for telemedicine video conferencing, and used across the UAB system for telemedicine.

    You can download American Well Touchpoint here:

    Apple Store Google Play

    To schedule a Telemedicine visit, please call (205) 934-3580 or web-book on the portal here.

    You will need a phone or tablet with a camera and the ability to receive text messages to use Telemedicine. Prior to your visit, please download this app to your mobile device. You will not need to create an account or provide any personal information such as email address. As long as the app is installed at the time of your visit, you will receive a text message at, or slightly before, your visit time, with an invitation to join. Just click the invitation, select yourself as the patient, and your provider will join shortly.

    Please plan to be in a private, quiet location to protect your information. If you or your provider is having connectivity problems, please check and use the AW Touchpoint chat feature and/or your secure patient portal for further instructions. If you or your provider is unable to connect, the visit may be transitioned to another video chat platform, telephone, or may be rescheduled.

    You must be located in the state of Alabama at the time of the telemedicine visit to utilize UAB SHS telemedicine services, due to licensure requirements. If that is not possible and you need help, Student Health Services is still available to assist your needs and provide information and directions for a plan of care. If you have questions about this, or are unsure if you can be seen or not, please send a portal message to the clinic nurse or your provider, or call (205) 934-3580 to discuss further.


  • Referrals


    Students who have the SHIP must obtain a referral for all visits outside of Student Health Services (SHS). Visits for mental health, OB/GYN, and orthopedics do not require a referral. For students with private insurance coverage, referrals are offered as needed.

    • SHS has a full time coordinator to assist you with your needs.
    • Referrals are made as appropriate and within and outside the UAB Health System.
    • Most referral appointments or procedures are scheduled for you before you leave the office.
    • In some instances, referral requests may not need an appointment with a SHS provider. For questions pertaining to this, please contact the SHS Referral Coordinator through the Patient Portal or call 205-996-5764. You may also send a message This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • If you have the SHIP or have an insurance that has identified SHS as your Primary Care Provider and you are referred by the emergency department or an outside office/physician, please let SHS know as soon as possible to ensure all needed precertifications are obtained.

  • Prescription Services


    All medical providers are licensed to write prescriptions, either printed on site and provided to the student at the time of the visit or sent electronically to the student's pharmacy of choice.

    For the safety of our patients, refill requests from pharmacies are not accepted. To minimize errors inherent in automated refill requests, patients are required to request refills directly.

    Refills of ongoing medications are best obtained during regular office visits. They can also be requested via the Patient Portal. For those patients who prefer to call, refill requests may be called in to our clinic nurse line by dialing (205) 975-7756.

    Please allow two business days for refill requests to be processed. For this reason, patients are encouraged to keep a close eye on their medications and to request refills in a timely manner. In most cases, regular refills will not be accepted by the on-call provider after office hours. We respectfully decline to refill routine medications during these interaction.

    If you need a refill prior to your next scheduled appointment, please log into your Patient Portal and send us a request through secure messaging, or call during normal business hours to request a refill. There are some prescriptions that cannot be refilled over the phone and may require an office visit with your primary care provider. You can schedule an appointment through the Patient Portal for these.

    There is no on-site pharmacy at UAB Student Health Services Clinic. Patients should plan to purchase their medicines at a free-standing retail pharmacy, such as CVS or Walgreens, or at a pharmacy within a grocery store.


  • On-Site Lab & X-Ray


    On-Site Lab & X-Ray services are available. These services will be billed to your insurance. For students enrolled in the Student Health Insurance plan, most services performed on-site are not subject to deductible and coinsurance. For students enrolled in other health insurance plans, an insurance claim will be filed for these services and you will be billed for any applicable co-pays, deductibles, and coinsurance per your plan’s contracted allowable amount. For students not enrolled in health insurance, these services will be billed directly to you with any applicable self-pay discounts per UAB Billing Services.


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  • Medical Records Release


    If you need to request medical records to be sent to an outside provider from UAB Student Health, please fill out the medical record release form and submit it to Student Health. This form may also be used to request outside records be sent to UAB Student Health.

    This form does not apply to UAB Hospital or UAB’s The Kirklin Clinic.

    • Fax to (205)975-6193
    • Mail to:
      1714 9th Ave South,
      3rd Floor LRC, Ste. 300,
      Birmingham, Al 35294

    This release form information applies only to records kept by UAB Student Health Services.

    If you need to request records from UAB Hospital please call (205) 930-7724 or fax (205) 930-6721

    If you need to request records from The Kirklin Clinic, you will need to contact the individual doctors offices directly. Please call (205) 801-8000.

    MEDICAL RECORD RELEASE FORM

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