All MIT students have access to comprehensive health services right on campus at the MIT Medical Department. Almost all health-care services - including appointments with physicians, X-rays and lab test - are free of charge to registered students. MIT also offers all students reasonably priced hospital insurance. Together, these services - and our emphasis on health education and preventive care - create a healthy environment where you can flourish and concentrate on learning.
The special strength of MIT Medical
MIT Medical is significantly different from most college health services. In addition to serving students, we take care of the entire campus community - our faculty, our staff, and their families. The size and scope of our practice allows us to provide full-service medical care, including 23 clinical specialties such as dermatology, ophthalmology and psychiatry. We also maintain strong affiliations with Boston's renowned teaching hospitals. As well as providing efficient help with common medical problems, we're able to provide expert, ongoing care for students with chronic conditions or serious illnesses.
Easy access to excellent services
With a staff of more than 200, MIT Medical is open for urgent care around the clock, every day of the year. We maintain a policy of same-day appointments for illness. We offer, under one roof, full X-ray, diagnostic testing, and laboratory facilities; a pharmacy; and an 18-bed hospital, accredited with commendation by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
MIT Medical also has oversight over MIT-EMS, the student-run, licensed campus ambulance service. MIT-EMS operates a BLS ambulance 24/7 during the academic year and its services are offered free of charge to all MIT affiliates. MIT-EMS responds both to locations on campus as well as labs and FSILGs affiliated with the Institute but not located on campus. Staffed by current MIT students and a few alums, MIT-EMS aims to provide a safe, professional and confidential service to all patients. We will not discuss the care we provide to parents, friends, or even the police. If you or someone you know is in need of medical attention (or even if you are unsure if medical attention is warranted), we highly encourage you to contact MIT-EMS by calling the MIT Police at 617-253-1212, or 100 on a campus phone. Tell the dispatcher the nature of the problem and they will dipatch the ambulance right away.
Personalized, confidential care
Every MIT student can turn to his or her own personal physician on our staff. All new students are assigned a doctor, whom we encourage them to meet early in the year. Any student is free to choose another physician; the idea is simply to make sure that each student forms a long-term, trusting relationship with a doctor. All student health records are private, which means that MIT Medical staff do not discuss a student's health issues with anyone - including parents or deans - without the student's consent.
An emphasis on prevention
One of the most important things young adults can learn is how to take care of their health. Our physicians talk directly with students about ways to prevent illness, starting with proper nutrition and reasonable sleep habits. During Residence/Orientation Week, students participate in Freshman Explorations, a program that covers such topics as avoiding risky behavior and how to deal with stress. We train housemasters and graduate resident advisors (GRTs) to help with these issues as well. And MIT also sponsors MedLINKS, volunteer undergraduate students who live in campus residences and coordinate health activities, listen to student health concerns and refer students to campus health resources.
Affordable hospital insurance
Massachusetts law requires all students to have adequate hospital insurance, so MIT offers students its own Blue Cross and Blue Shield hospital insurance plan, which provides excellent coverage at reasonable cost. You should compare your current plan to MIT's and determine which coverage best suits you. If your coverage meets Massachusetts requirements, you may chose to file a waiver form; otherwise, you will automatically be enrolled in the MIT plan.