Medical Services

Immunization and Physical Exam Requirements

Resources on immunizations for healthcare professions:

Annual Requirements

Documentation and submission of a nonreactive tuberculin skin test, negative IGRA blood test, QuantiFERON Gold TB blood test, OR T-spot blood test is required by July 1 for first year learners.

  • Second and fourth-year learners are required to have an annual TB test by any of the above methods. Documentation is required by July 1.

  • Any learners with a history of BCG vaccine must have a T-spot or QuantiFERON Gold blood TB test annually and submit documentation by the date required above.

  • Any learners with a reactive tuberculin skin test must have a Tspot or QuantiFERON Gold TB blood test.

    • If POSITIVE – Documentation of a Chest x-ray with NEGATIVE results and a physical examination indicating that the learner is free of active tuberculosis within six (6) months of the first day of class is required.

    • Learners with a POSITIVE TB test and a NEGATIVE chest x-ray will be evaluated for latent TB and required to comply with taking recommended medication under Direct Observational Therapy according to CDC guidelines. If at any time while in the program, should the latent TB convert to active TB, the learner will be placed on an immediate leave of absence.

This is an annual requirement during the flu season (September – March). Influenza viruses change from year to year, so influenza vaccines must be updated annually to include the viruses that will most likely circulate in the upcoming season. It is required that learners get the flu vaccine each year while in the program by October 1. Declinations are not acceptable.

UIWSOM requires learners to submit a completed and signed medical health history and physical examination form on the approved UIWSOM form prior to matriculation by July 1 AND on a yearly basis by July 1. If there are any changes or updates to the medical history during the learner’s program of study, documentation must be submitted to PreCheck.

The information contained in the medical history and physical exam form will be used only by the UIWSOM for purposes of determining if a health threat/risk is posed for learners and/or patients during clinical experiences or clerkships. This information will remain as part of the secured learner file and in PreCheck and will remain confidential at all times.

One-Time Requirements

First-year learners, if younger than the age of 22 years at matriculation, are required to have a record of the meningococcal vaccine submitted to the agency by July 1 prior to the beginning of the Fall semester. The learner must have been immunized within the past five (5) years prior to starting at the UIWSOM.

A standard Hepatitis B series (3 injections) or the expedited Hepatitis A and B (TWINRIX) combo series
(4 injections) and antibody titer results are required.

  • If the Hepatitis B surface antibody titer is negative or nonreactive, the entire series must be repeated as well as antibody titer results.

  • Learners who are non-responders should be considered susceptible to HBV and must be counseled by the Medical Director of UIWSOM Health Services.

One dose of adult Tdap is required. If the Tdap is more than ten (10) years old, a Td booster is required. Learners should receive decennial Td boosters, beginning ten (10) years after receiving Tdap.

Two vaccines of each component or the combo (MMR) following the first birthday AND lab report of positive antibody titer for all three (3) components is required.

  • If the titer result is low or negative, learners will need two (2) doses of the MMR vaccine four (4) weeks apart.

  • In cases of pregnancy or suspected pregnancy, DO NOT get the MMR vaccine, for low or negative titers. Medical documentation in writing of such instances is required to be submitted to PreCheck and written notification given to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs.

One of the following is required:

  • Two (2) vaccines following the first birthday AND a positive titer result.

  • Documented history of chickenpox AND a positive titer result.

    • If titer result is negative or equivocal, the learner will be required to submit evidence of a booster vaccine AND a repeat titer result. Repeat titer results must be administered three (3) months after the booster vaccine.

Documentation of at least three (3) vaccinations of IPV/OPV - OR polio titer results.

  • If polio titer results are equivocal or low, a booster vaccine of IPV is required.

Recommended, Not Required

The COVID-19 vaccine is strongly encouraged prior to matriculation. Medical students will participate in an EMT certification program and other clinical experiences that will require the vaccination.

Review the UIW Health Services Clinic immunization pricing at Immunizations.

Download a list of medical services available to you as a UIWSOM medical student.

Health Insurance

View UIWSOM Health Insurance Information in the student handbook.

For additional information on the following topics, visit the UIW Business Office.

  • Summary of health insurance benefits
  • Waiver to decline the health insurance
  • Enrollment due to a Qualifying Life Event

Primary Care

Urgent Care

Emergency Care

If emergency at main campus: Call 9-1-1 and contact UIW PD at (210) 829-6030.

If need emergency care, closest to main campus:

  • Impact Urgent Care
    (210) 774-5010
    1211 Austin Highway, Suite 110
    San Antonio, TX 78209 (adjacent to Target)
    Open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., No appointment needed
  • Baptist Health Care System
    (210) 297-7000
    111 Dallas
    San Antonio, TX 78205

If need emergency care, closest to UIWSOM – BCB Medical Campus:

  • Call 9-1-1
  • Baptist Health Care System
    (210) 297-3000
    Mission Trail Baptist Hospital (closest to BCB)
    3333 Research Plaza
    San Antonio, TX 78235
  • Texas MedClinic
    (210) 927-5580
    1111 SE Military Drive
    San Antonio, TX 78214

Eye Care

The UIW School of Optometry offers services at one of the following eye care clinics.

  • 9725 Datapoint Drive
    San Antonio, TX 78229
    (210) 283-6800
  • 2547 E. Commerce St.
    San Antonio, TX 78203
    (210) 619-7020
  • 1102 Barclay
    San Antonio, TX 78207
    (210) 283-6966

Student Costs

$20 for Comprehensive Exam (School ID MUST be presented at time on appointment)

Contact Lenses:
30% Discount on Contacts Fitting
$15 Discount on Year Supplies on Contact Lenses (Purchase)

Designer Frames:
25% Discount on prescription sunglasses
40% Discount on designer frame selection
50% Discount on lens edge grinding

Visit the UIW School of Optometry Patient Care Services website for more information on employee and alumni costs and discounts.

Request an appointment or view accepted insurances and payment methods .

Dental Services

Free Dental Mobile Services are available for students with the UIW Consolidated Health Plan Insurance.

Contact the UIW Student Health Center at (210) 829-6017 to schedule an appointment for any of the following services (first come, first serve basis):

  • Dental Exam
  • Cleaning
  • Fillings
  • X-rays