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2017 Medical Service Fee Referendum

 

 

Between April 11 – April 13 , all students will have an opportunity to vote on a proposal to incrementally increase the medical service fee. The incremental fee increase will allow the Student Counseling Center to add more staff, services, and outreach activities for students.  Below is more information about the proposal and the upcoming medical service fee referendum vote.

*You may also provide feedback or ask questions via the feedback form towards the end of the webpage.


Why are students being asked to vote on increasing the medical service fee?

In 2015 the Student Government Association’s Mental Health Committee and the Student Health Advisory Committee created and administered a survey to all students. The survey gauged student satisfaction with both the Student Health Clinic and Student Counseling Center.

Survey results uncovered that students want a decrease in wait times to see a provider, increase in testing services, and increase in overall outreach to students (see survey results here).

If the medical service fee referendum is approved by students (via a vote), the incremental increase in the medical service fee will allow the Student Counseling Center to add more staff, services, and outreach activities for students.

See student testimonials about the importance of the Student Counseling Center here.

What is the medical service fee?

The Medical Service Fee is a yearly fee assessed to all students for medical services provided by the Student Health Clinic and the Student Counseling Center. Currently, the fee is $159.75 per year.

*The medical service fee is divided between the Student Health Clinic (2/3) and the Student Counseling Center (1/3).

How much are other UT health related universities paying for the medical service fee?

School Annual
UTMB Galveston $225.00
UT Southwestern $225.00
UT HSC Houston $179.70
UT HSC San Antonio $159.75

How much is the proposed fee increase?

Students would have to pay an increase of approximately $16.00 per year over a four year period (less than 10% a year) until the fee reaches $225 (state maximum allowed).

Academic Year-Proposed Incremental Fee Schedule

 

Current

AY 2018

AY 2019

AY 2020

AY 2021

Medical Services Fee Incremental Increase

$159.75

$175.65

$193.20

$212.40

$225.00

If the referendum passes, how will students benefit?

  • 2 full time psychologists will be hired.
  • Overall wait time for an appointment will decrease due to additional staffing.
  • Access to a variety of diagnostic testing instruments will increase.
  • Outreach/Services will increase:
    • Themed mental health programming (e.g., Mindfulness Tuesday)
    • Relaxation Room (e.g., Massage Chairs; Biofeedback Computers)
    • Group/Workshop Room (e.g, Anxiety Group Sessions; Time Management Workshops)

Will there be any opportunity to discuss the proposal before the vote takes place?

Yes. Here is the schedule of upcoming open forums:

  • 3/7/17; 12 pm – 1 pm (Holly Auditorium)  Open Forum Video
  • 3/22/17; 12 pm – 1 pm (ALTC 3.301)         Open Forum Video
  • 3/28/17; 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (Medical School 309L)

Where may I access the power point slides used during the open form sessions?

You may access the power point slides here .


MSF Referendum Questions or Feedback

 

 

 

 

About Us

Serving the personal and academic problems of students.

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Room 4.168R Dental School Building 
8 AM – 5 PM

  • Come in thru the revolving doors of the old Dental School building and take the elevator D5 or D1 to the 4th floor.
  • Make a left and then the office will be on your right.


The mission of the Student Counseling Center is to provide aid, support and counsel to students dealing with the complex personal, social and academic demands of the professional school setting.

The Student Counseling Center utilizes principles of prevention in establishing programs. Services will promote and enhance the development of academic competence, emotional stability, life-long learning styles and effective decision-making skills.

The Student Counseling Center has a multidisciplinary staff including residents in psychiatry and psychology and is organized to meet the needs of Health Science Center students.

After-Hours Crisis Intervention

After-Hours Mental Health Emergencies

  • Student Counseling Center  (21o) 567-2648
  •  Mental Health Hotline (800) 273-8255
  • Suicide Hotline (800) 784-2433
  • Rape Crisis Center 24-hour Hotline (210) 349-7273

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How do I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment by calling (210)567-2648 or coming to the Student Counseling Center between the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday.

What to Expect During the First Appointment

  • The first visit will last about 40-50 minutes.
  • It is focused on understanding the nature of your concerns and clarifying goals and expectations.
  • Students are encouraged to participate actively in determining the care they need in order to reach their goals.
  • By the end of the first session, typically an agreement is reached regarding the next steps to take.
  • All counseling sessions are offered at no cost to the student.

Message for Medical Students

Commencing Academic Year 2015-16, all mental health services for students in the School of Medicine (SOM) will be exclusively administered through the Student Counseling Center (SCC).  The SCC is resourced to serve the specific and unique needs of the medical student population and ensure privacy and confidentiality.  All providers in the SCC are divorced from any role in student academic performance evaluations/assessments.

The SCC provides psychiatric and psychological mental health services under the direction of Mia Veve, Ph.D., Director of the Student Counseling Center, and SOM psychiatrist, Julie Bailey, MD.  Dr. Bailey maintains regular SCC office hours and she (or alternate physician designee) is accessible through the SCC for emergency situations.  For after-hours crisis intervention students are to use the ProtoCall Answering Service that can be accessed by calling 210-567-2648.

All services with the SCC are provided free of charge to all SOM students.

For SCC appointments for therapy or psychiatric services, or after-hours crisis intervention, medical students should call the SCC at 210-567-2648, or visit the website at http://students.uthscsa.edu/counseling/.  The SCC is located in Room 4.168R old Dental School Building.

 

Overview of HIPAA

What is HIPAA?

It is a federal law titled the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Which federal agency oversees HIPAA compliance?

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

Why was HIPAA established?

  • To protect employees’ insurance when they lost or changed jobs.
  • To protect the privacy and security of patients’ health information.
  • To adopt national standards for electronic health care transactions.
  • To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system.

What do the HIPAA regulations do for health care?

  • Protects patients’ rights regarding their health information, including the right to review it and make decisions about how it is used and disclosed.
  • Provides for appropriate use and disclosure of patients’ health information.
  • Requires health care providers to implement safeguards to ensure privacy of patients’ health information.

On what exactly do the privacy regulations focus?

  • Individually identifiable information, which means it identifies the patient or could be used to identify the patient.
  • Paper or electronic patient medical or health records.
  • Patient information exchanged verbally.
  • Information relating to the past, present, or future physical or mental condition of an individual.
  • Research data that identifies individual patients.

Personal Counseling – Services Provided

 Academic Difficulties

  • Test or performance anxiety
  • Conflict with instructor or clinical supervisor
  • Organizing and learning course objectives
  • Time management

Career issues

  • Clarifying career goals and interests
  • Confronting doubts about career choice
  • Identifying a specialty interest

Medication Consultation

  • Evaluation and medication treatment
  • Medication management

Personal Problems

  • Increasing self confidence and coping with self doubt
  • Managing stress effectively
  • Coping with feelings of depression and/or anxiety
  • Developing self assertion
  • Overcoming self-defeating behavior
  • Relationship issues

Substance abuse

  • Evaluation
  • Referral
  • Consultation
  • Education

Format of services

Individual counseling, couples counseling, medication consultation, workshops that focus on study skills, time management, stress management, or other topics may be arranged for a group by contacting the office.

Advanced trainees do not provide treatment or evaluation for students from the same training pathway.  Psychological evaluation and/or treatment will not be provided by personnel with a role in an individual student’s evaluation and progression in an academic curriculum.

Policy on providers of care to medical students: http://som.uthscsa.edu/StudentAffairs/documents/ProvidersCareMedicalStudents.pdf

 

Message for Medical Students

Commencing Academic Year 2015-16, all mental health services for students in the School of Medicine (SOM) will be exclusively administered through the Student Counseling Center (SCC).  The SCC is resourced to serve the specific and unique needs of the medical student population and ensure privacy and confidentiality.  All providers in the SCC are divorced from any role in student academic performance evaluations/assessments.

The SCC provides psychiatric and psychological mental health services under the direction of Mia Veve, Ph.D., Director of the Student Counseling Center, and SOM psychiatrist, Julie Bailey, MD.  Dr. Bailey maintains regular SCC office hours and she (or alternate physician designee) is accessible through the SCC for emergency situations.  For after-hours crisis intervention students are to use the ProtoCall Answering Service that can be accessed by calling 210-567-2648.

All services with the SCC are provided free of charge to all SOM students.

For SCC appointments for therapy or psychiatric services, or after-hours crisis intervention, medical students should call the SCC at 210-567-2648, or visit the website at http://students.uthscsa.edu/counseling/.  The SCC is located in Room 4.168R old Dental School Building.

How to Schedule an Appointment?

You can make an appointment by calling (210)567-2648 or coming to the Student Counseling Center between the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday.

Policy on Providers of Care to Students

Advanced trainees do not provide treatment or evaluation for students from the same training pathway.   Psychological evaluation and/or treatment will not be provided by personnel with a role in an individual student’s evaluation and progression in an academic curriculum.

Policy on providers of care to medical students: http://som.uthscsa.edu/StudentAffairs/documents/ProvidersCareMedicalStudents.pdf

Student Counseling Center – Self-Help Links