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Travel Medicine

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Student Health and Wellness understands the power of travel, which extends far beyond sightseeing. Whether you're embarking on a journey to immerse yourself in different cultures, expand your academic horizons, or simply recharge amidst breathtaking landscapes, the benefits to both body and mind are profound. As advocates for your well-being, we recognize that travel fosters personal growth, resilience, and cultural competency while promoting mental clarity and stress reduction. Our Travel Medicine team is here to ensure that your adventures are not only enriching but also safe, providing essential resources and support to optimize your health wherever your explorations may lead.

The Travel Medicine team is led by a physician Certified in Travel Health by the International Society of Travel Medicine and staffed by physicians and nurse practitioners.

Travel Medicine Appointments

Pre-travel counseling appointments can be made for the following reasons

  1. Personalized risk assessment, vaccinations, and/or prescriptions for your itinerary
    • Prescriptions for flight anxiety or for jet lag can not be provided at travel appointments.
  2. Physical exam/form completion for a study abroad program
  3. Letter of good health for visa application
  4. COVID-19 testing for travel is not offered
    • For more information about COVID-19, visit our webpage here.
  5. Forms for travel will not be completed after-hours or on weekends
  6. Medical students/advanced level nursing students doing a clinical rotation abroad with possible blood/body fluid exposure
    • Language immersion programs, shadowing medical personnel, taking vital signs, and medical chart reviews do not constitute a significant exposure risk
    • Service Trips: If you are not a medical or nursing student, it is recommended that you not be involved in procedures with possible blood and body fluid exposure.

Reserve 1-2 hours for your appointment, as most vaccines can be provided at your appointment (unless there is a shortage)

Student Health and Wellness (SHW) professional services are included with tuition as mandatory fees. This means there is no charge for the evaluation and management services provided by the clinician during your visit (e.g. physician, nurse practitioner, mental health clinician, or health educator.)  However:

  • there are charges for medications, lab tests, supplies for certain treatments, immunizations and injections, and copies of your medical record. In addition, there are charges associated with referrals that occur outside of SHW.
    • For a comprehensive list of charges, and a detailed breakdown of the billing process view our pricing website.
  • No-Show Policy:  If you need to cancel an appointment, please follow the policy below to avoid having a $40 "No Show" charge added to your SIS account. 
    • All appointments must be cancelled by 8am on the day of the appointment.
    • All students must be checked in for appointments no later than 10 minutes after their scheduled appointment time.

Making a Travel Medicine Appointment

Complete the required online Travel Education Module and "Travel Questionnaire" prior to making an appointment

  • To complete the "Travel Questionnaire," log onto the HealthyHoos patient portal.  Click "Forms" and find the travel questionnaire.
  • Medical students/advanced level nursing students doing clinical rotations abroad also need to complete the PEP for Clinical Rotations Abroad Module prior to making an appointment. 
  • Students with a Physical Exam Form must:
    • Complete your portion of the form prior to your appointment.
    • Upload the form on the HealthyHoos patient portal. Click "Uploads". In the "Choose document" dropdown box, choose "Travel Physical."
    • You must bring the original form to your appointment.
    • Peace Corps physicals require a Travel Clinic visit and separate physical appointment with your provider.

Once you have completed the relevant steps below, call Medical Services to schedule your in person appointment. 

  • Travel Medicine appointments are only available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Please schedule with us as early as possible in your travel-planning process, at least 6-8 weeks before your departure. 

University Related Travel Information

Traveling for University-related purposes may include but is not limited to study, research, internships, service, conferences, presentations, teaching, performances, recruiting, or athletic competitions. University-related purposes include any travel that is for academic credit and/or utilizes University resources.

  • The University Policy on Student International Travel requires all students who engage in travel abroad for university-related purposes to register with the International Studies Office.
    • Registration instructions are available here.
    • Signing up for a SHW Travel Clinic appointment is NOT the same as registering your travel with the International Studies Office.

Travel Medicine Team

Travel Health Resources

A well-informed traveler is a safer traveler! We have curated various links, one-pagers, and digital resources for you to review below before or during your travels.

General Travel Resources about Health/Safety and Study Abroad
How to Access Health Care While Abroad

International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers

 

UVA-Related Travel Resources

The University of Virginia Policy on Student International Travel requires students who travel outside the U.S. for University-related purposes to enroll in the UVA international health and emergency assistance insurance plan through CISI. See here for more information.

  • Traveling for university-related purposes may include but is not limited to study, research, internships, service, conferences, presentations, teaching, performances, recruiting, or athletic competitions.
  • University-related purposes include any travel that is for academic credit and/or utilizes University resources.
  • UVA requires all students who engage in travel abroad for university-related purposes to register with the International Studies Office. Registration instructions are available here.
  • Signing up for a Student Health and Wellness Travel Clinic appointment is NOT the same as registering your travel with the International Studies Office.
UVA Aetna Student Health Plan: Insurance for Travel
Air Pollution Abroad
LGBTQ+ Travel Resources
  • ILGA: Click "Resources" on the main navigation bar, contains maps about sexual orientation laws and other resources
  • Equaldex: A collaborative LGBTQ+ knowledge base
  • LGBTQ+ Travel Information from the State Department
    • For additional information on the state department website, find the country you plan on visiting under Country Information and then go to “Local Laws and Special Circumstances” for specific LGBTQ+ information.
Food Allergies Abroad

 

If you have questions or concerns regarding Travel Medicine, please contact:

Mark Keeley, MD
Certified in Travel Health
Assistant Director for Travel Services
Phone: 434-982-3915