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MIT Medical Center Provides Services to Students

By Rima Arnaout

NEWS DIRECTOR

This is the first in a series or articles dedicated to shedding some light on how to get around MIT.

Despite the well-substantiated campus myth that everyone who goes to MIT medical is asked whether she (or he) is pregnant, MIT Medical is still the place to go for medical care and checkups while you’re living at the institute.

MIT Medical is conveniently located in Building E23, so it is likely that you will have to trek across campus to get there. But the people there are pretty nice, and they offer a variety of different services to keep you happy and healthy.

Over the summer you probably already got asked whether you want the more basic MIT Student Health Plan or the Extended MIT Hospital Insurance. The thing to remember is that both of these plans offer many free services, like a personal doctor, free gynecological visits, mental health services, urgent care, substance abuse support, confidential STD testing, X-rays, and flu shots.

A number of other Boston-area medical centers and clinics can provide more specialized care should you need it. MIT Medical is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, for example, and there’s also a planned parenthood clinic in Boston.

It may seem odd that the same institution you get your grades is the place you may go for medical appointments, but MIT Medical takes extensive measures to protect privacy of adult patients, especially when it comes to things like STD testing and mental health visits. For example, mental health information and visits are tracked on a system which is entirely different from the rest of the medical services.

MIT’s office of mental health has a 24-hour hotline and walk-in hours during the week, or you can call for an appointment with a doctor of your choice. You can find out more about all the services MIT Medical provides at their website . Also, there’s medical support to be found campuswide.

Other options

Aside from MIT Medical, a number of student-run resources for medical information and support exist on campus. Medlinks is a student-run offshoot of MIT Medical’s Health Education office. Each living group has at least one Medlink, who has undergone training to offer information on a variety of health issues. MIT students also operate an anonymous peer-support hotline called Nightline (call 3-8800 from any campus phone).

Finally, as part of tutor training, both new and returning graduate resident tutors undergo basic resource referral training on a variety of issues, including gender issues and alcohol awareness, said Professor of Political Science Charles Stewart III, housemaster of McCormick Hall. “The training emphasizes helping the student understand the wide variety of resources available to them,” Stewart said.