Finding Their Voice

You’ll probably over-pack when you make your first trip to Oxford, Ohio. Along with the essentials – phone, computer, clothes and shoes, bedding – may we suggest an item that takes no extra space and is completely portable?

Your student should bring their voice. That’s sounds logical, but what needs to be fine-tuned is that your student knows how to use their voice.

The student that has no problem participating in classroom discussions might be shy talking to a new doctor about body issues. The finest scholar might draw a blank when asked about insurance coverage.

For a successful visit to the Student Health Service, we recommend the following:

  • Know your banner ID # (the one that starts with a +) and bring a legal ID (e.g. passport or driver's license)
  • Know who carries your health insurance – Mom, Dad, or student health - and carry a current health insurance card
  • Know what medicines you are allergic to and what medicines you take
  • Be able to discuss your symptoms with a new clinician
  • Ask questions: Be your own healthcare advocate
  • Be able to relay your diagnosis and treatment to your parent(s)

Eighteen year olds are medically treated as adults. Make sure your student knows what the Student Health Service expects of them. Help them understand what would be considered a true emergency that should go to the local hospital. Explain how your insurance works so they can make sound financial decisions. Give your student an idea of how much you’d like to be kept informed – everything? Or just the big stuff? Then, throw in a little time management so that healthcare can support their academic success.

When we see a new student in our office, it’s very often the first time they have been to a doctor without Mom or Dad. Make sure your student is carrying their Miami ID card, a current insurance card and their voice.

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