San Francisco: Student Services
Student Health Service
Student Health Service was instituted at
the Medical Center in 1939. Prior to that time, each of the professional
schools had its own physician and health coverage which consisted
of a "sick bay" arrangement. No preventive or protective procedures
were pursued with the exception of Schick testing for immunity to
diphtheria, which was performed during the bacteriology course as
an educational exercise. Subsequent immunization of students who
were not immune to diphtheria was at the student's discretion.
Because of an increased student enrollment, student
health service facilities and staff expanded considerably after
The care provided for students included a comprehensive
prevention and protective program of: routine initial and annual
physical examinations with indicated follow-ups; tuberculin testing
and/or chest x-rays; immunization; referrals by student health medical
staff to indicated outpatient clinics and to medical and surgical
consultants of the medical school; and hospitalization for treatment
of acute illnesses and diagnostic studies.
The student health service at the San Francisco
campus had the responsibility for determining the intensive preventive
and protective procedures which were necessitated by the hazards
to which students enrolled in the health sciences were subjected
during their education, training, and experience.
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