Health Services offers basic primary medical care to Geneseo students similar to the services you have received from your primary care provider (PCP) at home. Our mission is to assist you in maintaining a healthy lifestyle both while you are at Geneseo and beyond. Our experienced health care professionals are highly qualified to help you achieve your health goals by providing a wide range of primary care services. We hope you will utilize us as an educational resource for any health care concerns you may have.
The Department of Student Health and Counseling (SHC) at SUNY Geneseo has received Accreditation as a MEDICAL HOME. A MEDICAL HOME is student-centered, comprehensive, team-based, accessible, and quality focused. Allow us to be part of your health care team. We need your detailed health history, recent physical exam, and immunization records in order to coordinate with your health care providers to offer you the best medical care. Student Health and Counseling, your "MEDICAL HOME Away From Home."
As with most outpatient health agencies, the majority of health care services provided by Geneseo's Health Services are by appointment. Students can schedule many types of appointments online by going to myhealth.geneseo.edu. We strongly encourage all students seeking health care services to make an appointment; having an appointment will ensure that you are given priority to be seen as promptly as possible. (Please Note: Walking in often requires you to wait until our clinical staff is available to speak with you.) Appointments can be made for a wide variety of health concerns, including diagnostic services, STI/HIV testing, ECP, treatment of UTIs and other infections, plus additional services. Students who schedule appointments in advance will have the opportunity to consult with one of our nurses and to meet with a primary care health care provider (medical doctor or nurse practitioner).
Please be aware that if you do not schedule an appointment, you will probably have to wait significantly longer to be seen, especially after 10:00 a.m. Although urgent problems are always seen as soon as possible, it is generally a more efficient use of your time to schedule an appointment well in advance--please consider using the online option at myhealth.geneseo.edu the day before you wish to be seen. For chronic conditions and non-urgent care in particular, scheduling an appointment is especially recommended. To provide the BEST possible care, it is to your advantage to schedule an appointment; use the link below or call 585-245-5736.
When you don't have an appointment, you may want to consider using our Self-Care Centers. Designed to help you treat basic health care problems on your own, the Self-Care Centers have been expanded and made easier to use. The centers offer various types of packets on several common health concerns, including colds, minor wound care, and minor pain. Each packet provides you with useful health information, including medicine and/or other treatments to help address your symptoms. Finally, the Centers offer condoms (male and female) along with information on STI prevention.
For more information on common health concerns, visit the Common Health Concerns page.
We now have three Self-Care Center locations! Our main Self-Care Center is located on the first floor of Lauderdale, just to the right of the front doors (near the stairs). Centrally located is our Self-Care center in Sturges 212. If you are on South Side, visit our satellite Self-Care Center location in 203 North Onondaga Hall. All items from the Self-Care Centers are available at no additional charge, as long as you have paid your health and counseling fee.
Health Services performs physical exams for study abroad, employment, and volunteer activities which require physicals. For a small fee, we also provide physicals for Geneseo students who will be entering graduate school at another institution or working a non-Geneseo-related job ($35). Health Services does not provide pre-matriculation physical exams for new students entering Geneseo.
Please be sure to BRING any required paperwork with you to your scheduled exam; also be sure to complete your own section of the paperwork prior to the exam. All physical exams are performed on an appointment basis and can be scheduled by calling Health Services at 585-245-5736.
Students requiring allergy injection services are referred locally to Allergy, Asthma, Immunology of Rochester's Geneseo Office or AAIR. The AAIR office is located at 2 Ryan Drive, Suite 1 (near H&R block and blood draw lab). Per AAIR’s long time policy, you must wait 30 minutes after your shot to monitor for the rare occurrence of anaphylaxis. Call for an appointment 585-243-1333.
Health Services clinicians are able to provide students with medications they prescribe at no additional charge. Our drug formulary is overseen by a part-time pharmacist who is responsible for all Health Services pharmacological practices, supplies, and policies and procedures. Please note that Health Services is not a dispensing pharmacy and thus does not fill prescriptions from other providers. (For information on local pharmacies, go here.)
In addition to required vaccinations, Health Services strongly encourages students to receive immunizations for seasonal influenza, bacterial meningitis and hepatitis B. Immunization – combined with practicing basic health behaviors such as getting sufficient sleep, eating well, not drinking large amounts of alcohol and avoiding sharing eating/drinking utensils – can significantly reduce students’ risk of contracting these serious and potentially fatal diseases. Students who have not received these immunizations from their PCPs can get these vaccinations at Health Services. Vaccination for meningitis must be pre-ordered and pre-paid. Other vaccinations are available via Health Services and may also require an additional fee to be paid by the student.
For information on how to obtain a copy of your immunization record, go here.
Health Services has an in-house laboratory to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of some of the more common illness. Many types of testing are included as part of your Student Health and Counseling Fee. More extensive blood and other laboratory tests are available through outside labs; some testing requires an additional fee to be paid by the student (either out of pocket or through use of your private health insurance).
The Health & Counseling department also offers HIV antibody testing. Pre-test counseling is an integral part of the process. To schedule an appointment to be tested, call 585-245-5736. Additional fees my apply depending on the testing/services ordered by your health care provider.
In support of the Geneseo Study Abroad office, Health Services provides Travel Medicine clinical services to students. These services include required assessments (physicals) performed by trained and certified Health Services clinicians. For a fee, Health Services clinicians may administer certain immunizations, including Hepatitis A and B vaccines, Td, and Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis). Oral Typhoid Vaccine may also be provided by prescription only. Please note that immunizations are administered following the guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control on Traveler's Health. Similarly, clinicians follow CDC guidelines to provide students with information on travel risks, to offer education about risk reduction, and to recommend prescriptions for medications that prevent malaria and travel-related diarrhea (as warranted by to destination risk). In cases when Health Services may be unable to administer a specific vaccine (e.g., for yellow fever and rabies), students will be referred to Passport Health in Rochester, 585-275-8884.
Our Nurse Advice Line provides consultation with a registered nurse during night and weekend hours when Health Services is closed. During evening and weekend hours, students can reach the Nurse Advice Line simply by calling the main number for either Health Services, 585-245-5736, or Counseling Services, 585-245-5716. Callers will be given instructions to stay on the line in order to connect directly with Fone Med. Should you experience any problems with the forwarding service, you can also call Fone Med directly at 877-861-5005. Like any call to Health Services, there is no charge for utilizing the Nurse Advice Line. This service is available only to SUNY Geneseo students.
For more information on the Nurse Advice Line, see the related section on the Crisis & Emergency Resources page.
We provide referrals as needed to area specialists. If you are looking for a referral to a dentist, oral surgeon, or ophthalmologist/optometrist, visit our Referrals page.
Health Services clinicians are available to do outreach programs on a variety of health topics. All outreach requests for the Health & Counseling department go through our Coordinator of Health Promotion, Dana Minton; call her at 585-245-5747, or visit our Professional Outreach or Current Programs pages for more information.