University of Massachusetts Medical School
School of Medicine
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Graduate School of Nursing
Student Health Clearance Policy
The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) requires all students admitted to the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences or the Graduate School of Nursing to complete the Student Health Clearance process prior to matriculation. This policy was developed to decrease risk of transmission of potential infectious agents, and it is part of each student’s professional responsibility to maintain this clearance throughout his/her educational experience at UMMS.
Forms that must be completed can be downloaded from the Student Health Services (SHS) website using the following link, and must be returned no later than 2 weeks prior to the start of classes to:
UMMS Student Health Services
1st Floor, Benedict Building
55 Lake Ave. North
Worcester, MA. 01655
The SHS office can help with any questions regarding the clearance paperwork and can assist with resources to help complete the process. http://umassmed.edu/studenthealth
Consequences of Non-compliance
Entering students: Student health clearance is mandatory and forms must be completed and submitted prior to the start of classes. Non-compliance will result in revocation of the offer of admission.
Returning students: Student health clearance is required for attendance at classes and participation in clinical or laboratory activities. Non-compliance will result in suspension of registration and may result in a report of professionalism concerns and consequences up to and including dismissal. If a student is notified by SHS that health clearance records are incomplete, they must contact SHS immediately for assistance in resolving the problem - see SHS web site above, or call them at (508) 334-8464.
2 Step TST Policy Explanation
The 2 Step Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) is required for all incoming UMASS students. The following is a detailed explanation of the policy. This form is included in the New student Admission packet that is mailed to you (GSBS students do not receive admission packets). However, it may be downloaded for your convenience. This form may be helpful to your PCP as they are filling out your health clearance forms if they are not familiar with the 2-Step process.
Step-2 TST Information Sheet
- Blood Borne Pathogen Policy Explanation
The Blood Borne Pathogen Policy has been developed to minimize the risk of transmission of blood borne pathogens by individuals studying at the University. It explains the student’s responsibilities and our duty to provide a safe environment for both students and patients (GSBS non MD/PhD students are not required to fill out this form. BLOOD BORNE PATHOGEN POLICY
- Hep B Protocol Explanation
The Hepatitis B Protocol provides a detailed explanation of the procedure Student Health uses to determine an individual's risk for Hepatitis B. This protocol can be used by an incoming student’s healthcare provider as a guide if they are not familiar with the most current Hepatitis B clearance recommendations. Revised Hep B Policy
- Student Confidentiality Policy Policy On Confidentiality for Medical Students