Primary Care Physician Near Campus

<p>Anyone have a recommendation for a primary care doctor near campus? My S has been sick twice this semester (strep throat and bronchitis), and he tells me that the on-campus health center cannot give medical excuses for missing classes. So, if he is too sick to go to class, he has to go to an off-campus doc to get an excuse. Thanks for any suggestions.</p>

<p>That has to be the most insane policy I've ever heard. So much so, I'd check it out, Caddis.</p>

<p>bump. Anyone?</p>

<p>My d was recently diagnosed with both MRSA (resistant staph infection) AND pleurisy within 10 days of each other. These conditions involved multiple Tulane Health Center visits and treatments as well as an Emergency Room visit via TEMS. All of my d's profs have been understanding and sympathetic rergarding missed work and even a missed midterm. All but one, that is. One prof will not grant her an extension on a project despite all of the Health Center, hospital and TEMS paperwork she has and despite proof of the drugs she is on making her a bit loopy. Therefore, Caddis, I would guess that it is the prof's prerogative to be a jerk. Incredible. Still don't know about any official policy.</p>

<p>I would have your D appeal to the Dean of Students office, Vitrac. There is no excuse for ridiculous intransigence in the face of clear evidence.</p>

<p>That's outrageous, Vitrac. Your dau should offer to shere her MRSA with him!!
Hope she is on the mend!</p>

<p>Sorry to hijack your thread Caddis. Wanted to include an addendum: If a student uses TEMS for a medical emergency, TEMS contacts the student some time after the event to offer to contact any professor on the student's behalf to ask for postponements such as discussed in my earlier post. This is a new TEMS policy! </p>

<p>My d told TEMS about the intransigent prof, who had already denied my d's request. But, she asked TEMS to do it anyway. (As d described it, it's like when your mom says no so you ask your dad--this just MIGHT **** off mom!) TEMS contacted the prof and lo and behold, as if by magic, an extension was granted. Unfortunately, the extension was granted the day the project was due (today!). By that time, my d had already worked through the night to complete it so that she could hand it in on time. Time will tell if being on oxycodone for a week produces a really, really interesting project.</p>

<p>Well hope the prof is more understanding when he/she grades the paper!</p>

<p>Thanks for the info, Vitrac. Hope your D gets well soon. As for my S, he called today to say his bronchitis is worse, and he is going for an off-campus chest x-ray to see if he has pneumonia. I'll keep ya'll updated.</p>

<p>I asked Dr. James Farrow, Executive Director of the Student Health Service, about the medical excuse policy. He gave me an extremely prompt reply and also gave permission for me to post his response. Here it is:</p>

<p>The Student Health Center will issue a medical excuse if a student misses classes while they are in clinic being seen for an illness or injury or if the student misses classes because they are hospitalized. We do not issue excuses retroactively for missed classes preceding a visit to clinic. We do, at the physician’s discretion, issue an excuse the day the student is seen in clinic indicating that they were seen in clinic with an illness that has gone on for several days. Our policy, in general, is not to give excuses for illnesses causing missed classes.</p>

<p>Caddis, Thank you for the official policy. It probably would not have helped my d since she was struggling to attend most classes anyway. It was the studying and writing papers while medicated that she found so difficult. As in most situations, common sense should prevail and be exercised by the profs, whatever the official policy is. Hope your son is OK.</p>

<p>No pneumonia, thank goodness! S is on the mend. I am still interested in hearing if anyone has the name of a good primary care doc near campus. Thanks.</p>