Medical Insurance and Health Care
Sufficient health insurance coverage, which includes hospitalization and medication coverage, is required of all physician assistant students. All students are enrolled in the BU Health Plan – Plus Plan unless they are granted a waiver based on comparable insurance coverage with another carrier.
In the course of the clinical education, there are times when students may be exposed to infectious agents and environmental hazards. At the beginning of the Clinical Practicum, students will be trained to prevent exposure to health hazards as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Strategies for prevention and risk reduction will be reviewed again prior to beginning the clinical phase of the program.
In the event that a student is exposed to a health hazard they are encouraged to seek care at the BU Student Health Services. If they are on rotation away from the Charles River Campus, they should go to the nearest health care provider, which may be the emergency room. Treatment for these exposures will be covered by the student health insurance. With the exception of an emergency situation, the PA faculty (principal faculty, medical director and the program director) are not permitted to provide medical care to the PA students. More information is available in the Clinical Handbook, which will be distributed to all students when they are about to begin the clinical portion of the program.
Health Care Resources
Boston University Student Health Services
Boston University Behavioral Medicine (Mental Health)
881 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA 02215
Aetna Student Health
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