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Entering Medical Student Health Requirements

Because of the risks of exposure to infectious diseases to which medical students are subjected in the course of clinical work, certain tests and immunizations are required of all students at the time of registration  

Entering students are required to have documentation of previous immunization against tetanus/diphtheria (Td or Tdap) booster (within the past 10 years, the CDC now recommends that this booster include adult acellular Pertussis as a Tdap vaccination), measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) (initial immunization plus one booster), and polio, as well as a clinical history of chicken pox or positive varicella titer or documentation of vaccine administration.  In general, many first year medical students receive PPD testing and begin their Hepatitis B immunization series during the first two weeks prior to the beginning of the full semester.  Two-step PPD testing is utilized, the first at the time of orientation, the second 4-6 weeks later.  Entering students testing positive for PPD at the time of matriculation are required to have chest x-rays performed (at the expense of the medical school) and are to be followed at Emory Student Health Services (at the expense of the student).   

Students whose PPDs convert from negative to positive while enrolled full-time in the School of Medicine receive their treatment at the expense of the medical school.  Students with no clinical history of chicken pox receive varicella screening during the orientation period to document the presence of immunity against this disease.  If found not to be immune and if no contraindication exists, these students will be vaccinated at the expense of the medical school.  Hepatitis B serology will be obtained approximately 8 weeks following completion of the immunization series to confirm immunity. Students who have previously received Hep B vaccine will have a serology drawn unless they submit a positive quantitative HB surface antibody.  

A personal recent medical history and physical examination are required prior to matriculation to the School of Medicine and must be recorded on University forms.  Students will not be allowed to register until both reports are on file with Emory University Student Health Services.  An updated medical history and physical examination are required for re-enrollment after more than one year of attendance elapses.  For re-admission after withdrawal for medical reasons, medical clearance by designated University health officials is required.  

Registration and attendance at classes are considered as agreement to comply with the Rules and Regulations of the University as published in the Bulletin and other official publications of the University and as amended or revised during the student’s continued enrollment.