Health, Disability and Life Insurance
All medical students are required to maintain health insurance. Students wishing to waive out of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine health insurance, must apply through and be approved by the UNR Student Health Center and be able to demonstrate comparable coverage. The medical insurance policy provides comprehensive pharmacy coverage. Please refer to the current benefit information at the UNR Student Health Center (SHC) site. Coverage for spouses and children is optional and requires additional payment. Disability and life insurance coverage cannot be waived.
Criteria for Health Insurance Waiver
- Students must be prepared to provide a copy of their insurance policy/booklet and proof that they are covered by a comparable plan;
- Medicaid will not be accepted as comparable coverage for medical students. Students' dependents may be covered by Medicaid;
- Your policy must provide coverage for body fluid exposures.
- Your policy must cover primary care and emergency services in all areas of Nevada.
- Your policy must not have an individual deductible greater than $7000.
- Your policy must provide coverage for prescription medications.
- Your policy must provide inpatient and outpatient mental health benefits.
- The policy must have benefits comparable to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's policy on per illness or surgical coverage, as well as coverage for related interaction educative sites
In case of necessary hospitalization, coverage is provided with limits as stipulated in the insurance policy purchased at the time of registration. Students are responsible for charges incurred above the limits of the insurance policy.
Primary Care Providers for Medical Students
Student Health Center, Reno
- Fall/Spring Semesters: Monday through Thursday 8:00 am-6:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am-4:00 pm
- Summer/Winter Break: Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Closed Wed from 8am-9am.
- After Hours: After hours care is not available at the Student Health Center
- For urgent or non-emergent care, you may be seen at a local Urgent Care center. Be sure to check with your own medical insurance plan for the preferred urgent care site. Urgent care and hospital care are not included in the Student Health Center fee.
The Student Health Center (SHC) (775)784-6598 is the medical student's primary care provider in Reno. All University of Nevada, Reno, TMCC and WNCC students, graduate students, medical students and spouses of registered students are eligible for care.
The Student Health Center is an outpatient facility located north of the UNR campus directly across the street from the School of Medicine.
Full service outpatient medical care is provided and includes: women's health, colposcopy, treatment for acute illness or injury, pharmacy services, x-ray and laboratory tests, sports medicine, nutrition, immunizations, and allergy shots. Part-time consultants are available for weekly dermatology and mental health clinics. Physicians from the Department of Family and Community Medicine provide after-hours, weekend and holiday phone coverage.
As part of a medical student's health care package, the Student Health Center provides unlimited office visits, some medications, and laboratory tests for the treatment of acute illness and injury. Additional fees may be charged for other medications, x-rays and tests. Additionally, students requiring a physical for personal needs may have those completed at a reduced rate. Medical students have the option of paying the health fee to receive services at the Student Health Center during the summer session.
- Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Hours of operation are subject to change.
- Closed holidays and weekends.
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Student Health Center is medical students' primary care provider in Las Vegas. Students can contact the clinic at (702) 895-3370. Please mention you are a UNR Med medical student. The location of the Student Health Center is on the 1st floor of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center on UNLV's campus.
Please note regarding services at UNLV SWC: Basic services are covered by your paid health fee. For chargeable services, UNLV *does not* directly bill the student insurance plan that covers UNR Med students (United Healthcare). Students will be responsible for any upfront costs associated with chargeable services and will need to submit claims directly to your insurance for reimbursement. Students may consult their medical insurance policies for additional pharmacy providers in the network.
Some medical students have personal problems from time to time, many of which are solved by students on their own or with the help of family and friends. Please refer to the insurance plans benefits handbook for information regarding coverage.
All services are strictly confidential. The health professionals at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine who provide mental health, reproductive health or other sensitive healthcare services (as determined by the provider and/or the student) must have no involvement in the academic assessment or promotion of the student.
Each student will have an immunization file established at the Student Health Center upon matriculation to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. If an immunization has been received off-campus, proof must be provided to the Student Health Center and/or the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs so that the student's immunization record can be updated. Completion of all the health requirements will be documented in each student's file. Proof of immunity must be documented by record of immunization or by serological evidence of immunity. Students who do not meet immunization requirements will not be able to perform essential functions required for medical school enrollment, progression, or graduation.
Upon matriculation all medical students are required to obtain or document the following immunizations:
- Varicella titer, positive result*
- Measles, mumps & rubella (students born in 1957 or later must receive two doses of MMR)
- T-DAP (must show documentation of this immunization within the past 10 years)
- Influenza Shot (due annually, October 1st)
- Hepatitis B (series of three)
- Hepatitis B titer, positive result*
- QuantiFERON, negative result (TB test - due annually, June 1st)
*Please note: for the Varicella titer, Hepatitis B titer and QuantiFERON (TB test) a copy of the lab results is required.
Medical students must have the QuantiFERON (strongly recommended) or 2-Step TB skin test (requires 4 visits to your healthcare provider) for tuberculosis by June 1st, annually. The QuantiFERON test for tuberculosis is required each year of medical school enrollment and is available at the Student Health Center in Reno and the UNLV Student Health and Wellness Center. It is recommended that this test be done in the summer to avoid interruption in school, residencies, etc.