Students with sniffles, scratches and sprains have more access to topnotch health care than ever before, now that University Health Services is run by CMU’s College of Medicine.

“We’re so networked now, and that benefits students,” says Dr. Michael Deaton, medical director at University Health Services.

Students have access to a myriad of medical experts on the medical school faculty, in addition to the experienced physicians, nurses and physician’s assistant on the health services staff.

“This network we’re developing allows us to provide services in a more timely way than we ever could before,” Deaton says. That network includes specialists in Saginaw who are connected to the College of Medicine, he says.

Health Services has four board certified family physicians on staff, four nurses plus an experienced physician’s assistant.

“We should be students’ first choice for care, unless they’re at home when their doctor has office hours,” Deaton says. “We live here, we work here, we know their professors. If there’s a problem with them missing class because of illness, we can call and take care of it. We provide a bridge between campus and their health care back home.”

Flexible, friendly, experienced, the staff can work with whatever special needs your student has, Deaton says.

Does your son or daughter need allergy shots twice a week? No problem. Send the serum to school with them and the health services staff will administer the injections.

Does your daughter feel more comfortable with a female doctor giving gynecological exams? They have both male and female physicians, he says.

Need some physical therapy after an injury?

“We have a wonderful relationship with the athletic training program,” Deaton says. “Trainers will do their rehab for free.”

Pharmacy needs?

“It’s here in our building and we take most pharmacy plans,” Deaton says. “We offer it pretty darn cheap and the student doesn’t have to drive to get it. Our wait time is the shortest in town.”

A walk-in clinic at Troutman in the Towers complex is good for simple ailments -- strep throat, a bladder infection.

But the main health services clinic at Foust Hall can get a student in quickly, Deaton says. His tip: It’s easier to get a same day appointment in the morning than in the afternoon.

University Health Services takes most insurance plans, he says.

One thing to note: If a student is covered by Medicaid, and is enrolled with a physician in their hometown, they’ll need a referral from that doctor before they can treat them.

Remember, Deaton says, that if a student is 18, he or she is an adult. They have to give physicians permission to discuss their health with parents and other family members.

“It’s up to the parents to set the conditions for students to be comfortable giving us that permission,” he says.

Students are in good hands, Deaton says.

A retired Army physician, he spent 20 years taking care of young people this age.

“These students have people taking care of them who are on par with the very best,” he says. “We’re all here because we want to be. We love taking care of young men and women this age. It’s fun. We care about them.”

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