Student Health Services is an appointment-based clinic serving the acute and chronic medical needs of our full-time undergraduate students, and students in the Threshold program. The clinic is located in the lower level of the McKenna Student Center between the mail room and the elevator.
We’re here to help you maintain your health so that you can focus on your education.
If you’re a full-time student living on campus, you’ll automatically be enrolled to receive Student Health Services for a $400 fee/semester, billed to your student account. Our services are optional for full-time undergraduates living off campus. This fee covers your access to the clinic's services, but is not health insurance. Learn more about student health insurance requirements.
Medical Services & Health Programs
Our nurse practitioners and physician provide professional and confidential care and advice on health issues you may have, including, but not limited to:
- Acute and chronic illnesses
- Injuries and accidents
- Reproductive and sexual health needs: contraception, emergency contraception, pap smears, Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing and treatment, evaluation of problematic symptoms, or any other concerns
- Annual free flu shots
- Nutrition, weight concerns
- Health information/education around any topic with attention to prevention
- Management of psychopharmacological medications by the clinical nurse specialist (must be planned ahead, by calling Student Health Services or referral through Student Health Services providers or University Counselors)
- Coordination with your home provider for monitoring ongoing concerns
- Basically anything you might see your primary care provider about (& some things you might not even think to see them for)
We offer some on-site lab tests, including pregnancy, urinalysis, group A strep, influenza, mono, glucose, and microscopy. We also send specimens for testing to Quest Diagnostics, a large local reference laboratory.
If you have an urgent problem or medical emergency, you may need to go to a local hospital emergency room or urgent care center. During office hours, we can help determine and facilitate that, as well as, when appropriate, directly order advanced diagnostics such as x-rays, ultrasounds, and EKGs in local off campus settings. For other times, please see After-Hours Emergencies and Off-Campus Medical Options below.
Health Programs and Workshops
We advocate for a healthy campus community. The staff at Student Health Services can assist resident assistants (RAs), community advisors (CAs), faculty, and student leaders in creating health programming for students on these and other topics during the academic year (September to May):
- Sexual and reproductive health
- Preventing and managing communicable diseases
- Drug and alcohol education
- Quitting smoking
We can also come to your classroom or event and give a talk on a health-related topic. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Hours & Making an Appointment
We’re located on Doble Campus on the lower level of Mackenzie Hall, next to the mail room. We open at 8:30 am Monday–Friday during each academic semester. We’re open during the academic year, September to May, on the same schedule as the residence halls. We are not a 24-hour walk-in clinic, so you will need to make an appointment.
Our hours are posted, and usually include evening hours two days/week.
We have same day/next day appointments, and recommend you call early. We block time every day for urgent care issues. Non-urgent problems may be offered an appointment for the next day.
- Call 617.349.8222 to make an appointment
- Make sure we have your current health insurance information, as well as a copy of your card on file.
- You won't be charged for onsite services, but your insurance will be billed if you require lab tests sent to an outside lab. If you do not want your insurance billed, you can be billed directly by the lab and pay for the charges. These concerns can be discussed with your provider, who might also be able to offer alternatives.
Kerry Folkman, NP-C
Director of Student Health Services
Medical Office Manager and Undergraduate Immunization Coordinator
Jennifer Garshman, MD
Abbie Rosenberg, RN, MS, CS
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychopharmacology
Medical Records, Confidentiality, and Your Privacy
We assure medical confidentiality for care and services received at Student Health Services, except in cases where your safety or others’ safety is at risk, or as required by law (such as mandated reporting of certain infectious diseases and abuse).
We will not transmit any detailed information to others without your written consent or direction, except as noted above. We may share the Student Health Form information with appropriate university personnel on a need-to-know basis. We hold all patient information in strict confidence according to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Acts (FERPA) guidelines.
Each patient has a confidential medical record, and records are released only with your signed written request. Record requests take about 5–7 business days to complete. Scroll down this page to find the forms you need to release your records.
Sick Note Policy
While we encourage students and faculty to stay out of class and other group gatherings when sick with a contagious illness, we do not provide routine "sick notes" to students for professors due to brief absences from class. We encourage our students to discuss absences with their professors, understanding that students are still responsible for their academic work.
If one of our providers determines that for health reasons you may be absent for one week or longer, we will notify the appropriate Director of Academic Advising, who will then notify your faculty advisor and professors of the medical absence; we may also connect you with Disability Access services for support. Additionally, there may be some health concerns that are best served by taking a medical leave of absence from the university.