Patient Care

Student Physicals Set for Thursdays in August

Jul. 20, 2016
URMC to Offer School-Required Check-ups with No Out-of-Pocket Cost

Physicals for youth ages four through 19 will be offered on Thursdays in August at the University of Rochester Medical Center, a service aimed at filling the gap for families who don’t have health insurance or whose insurance has lapsed, as well as those unable to schedule required check-ups with their own providers in time to meet school deadlines.

The annual University of Rochester School, Sports, and Work Permit Physicals Program will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. August 4, 11, 18, and 25, at Strong Memorial Hospital. Comprehensive physicals will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis by URMC physicians, staff and students.

Advance appointments are not available but same-day registration will open at 5:30 p.m. for each session in the hospital’s main lobby. The program can accommodate up to 125 patients per evening.

“Ideally, parents should schedule their children’s annual physicals throughout the year with their own primary care providers to avoid the back-to-school rush,” said Nina F. Schor, M.D., Ph.D., pediatrician-in-chief of Golisano Children’s Hospital and the William H. Eilinger Chair of Pediatrics at URMC. “A child’s regular doctor is best suited to provide their annual exams and taking part in this program is not a substitute for that, but rather an effort aimed at helping busy families meet their school’s deadlines for required check-ups and connect back with their regular primary care providers.”

The New York State Education Department requires annual physical exams for new students, those entering pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, and grades 2, 4, 7 and 10. Physicals are also needed for sports participation and work permits.

The program relies on several hundred staff and students who volunteer time to offer physicals, including representatives from URMC’s departments of Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, as well as the UR School of Nursing and The Lions Club.

Here are guidelines for participation:

  • Children ages four through 19 are eligible for this program.
  • Youth ages 17 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Seventeen-year-olds without a parent or guardian present must bring a signed parent consent form from their school district.  The Rochester City School District parental consent form is available online at: http://www.rcsdk12.org/Page/840
  • Participants should bring the name, phone number, and address of their doctor, if they have one and should make an appointment to follow-up with them. This check-up does not replace an annual physical with the patient’s own provider.
  • Those who have insurance coverage must bring their insurance ID card. While no one will pay anything out-of-pocket, insurance will be billed for participants with coverage.

Parking is available for $6 in the Strong Memorial Hospital ramp garage and RTS bus service is available from downtown Rochester.

For more information, please call (585) 275-7203.