Saint Mary's College of California
PRE-DEPARTURE PLANNING FOR HEALTH & WELLNESS
Pre-departure planning is very helpful as you begin preparing for your admission to Saint Mary's College of California in the Fall Semester of 2012. Health care systems and procedures in the U.S.A. may vary greatly from those in your home country. Making appointments with a doctor, communicating with the doctor and knowing the appropriate medical vocabulary to describe your condition are quite important. Be prepared when you arrive by bringing all relevant health reports, prescription medication, and other items that you use on a regular basis to keep your health in good order. Maintaining good health while studying is of the utmost importance as it will ensure your success during your first year at SMC.
As you prepare to travel, please make sure that you have completed or brought the following items.
- Cost and scheduling factors make some routine medical care difficult in the United States. Dental, optometric, gynecologic and routine medical care should be obtained from the students' regular health care providers before coming to the U.S. An extra pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses or the original optometric prescription would be extremely useful in the event of damage or loss. Note: The mandatory medical insurance offered by Saint Mary's College is for sickness and accident only, not for dental or eye check-ups. The insurance company is Anthem BlueCross.
- All new students should come with a copy of their medical records in English, particularly if you have conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or other illnesses that require regular medication and attention. If the English translation is not available, a copy of the original record will still be helpful because it is very important that you continue care for complex medical problems after your arrival.
- All new students should bring a copy of their immunization records indicating that they are up-to-date on all immunizations required by the WHO and by Saint Mary's College of California.
- Bring at least a 3 months supply of prescription drugs for treatment of chronic conditions with you. Make an appointment with a physician at the campus health center soon after you arrive so that you can maintain your treatment protocol without disruption. Note that some prescription medications sold in foreign countries are not available for purchase in the U.S.A. because they are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Your pharmacist may be able to mail your medication to you on a periodic basis if it is not available in the U.S.
PRE-DEPARTURE PLANNING LIST
1. Complete and send the Medical Evaluation Form. Be sure the Immunization section is complete.
2. Bring medical records for pre-existing conditions or complex medical history.
3. Have routine medical care prior to departure. Visit your dentist, eye doctor, primary care physician. Have a physical examination.
4. Bring a supply of prescriptions for at least 3 months for students with chronic conditions. (See above)
YOU MAY NOT REGISTER FOR CLASSES UNTIL THE MEDICAL EVALUATION FORM AND THE INSTITUTION IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FORMS ARE SUBMITTED TO SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE OF CALIFORNIA.