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Is Medical history needed!!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by man on the moon, Nov 4, 2002.

  1. man on the moon

    man on the moon New Member

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    Does anyone know if Med. schools actually check the applicant's medical history. And how much does that influence their decision, for example if they are infected with HIV or Hepatitis B?
     
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  3. republicandr

    republicandr Senior Member
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    Yes, the schools check for communicable diseases. I know at least some of the schools state that you must have your blood drawn before matriculation. They do not want students that are going to spread communicable diseases. You must also show proof of being up to date on all the required vaccines (DTP, MMR, etc.).
     
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    How/why would a med school check a student's health history before admitting them? During interviews, you don't sign any documents giving schools access to your health history etc..Besides, refusing admission on the basis of " a condition or disability" would be discrimination. Since your health histroy is required to complete your file after you are admitted, it is not a pre-condition to being accepted. I think that if a student has a communicable disease, he/she naturally needs to take certain percautions and the school would need to be aware of that student's status..but having HIV/Hep cannot be grounds for not accepting a candidate! If a school did something like that, they would be looking at a huge lawsuit!!
     
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    heelshmeel Tar Heel Bred
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    I agree with maple, med schools only check your medical history AFTER THEY ACCEPT YOU!
     
  7. man on the moon

    man on the moon New Member

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    does anybody else have an opinion??
     
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    doepug Senior Member
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    HIV/HBV status should not affect your chances of being admitted to medical school.

    However, individuals with infectious conditions should be aware of (and adhere to) certain restrictions to prevent disease transmission. For example, surgeons are often forced to retire if they become seropositive for hepatitis.

    If a medical student or physician is immunocompromised (e.g. HIV or immunosuppressed), then one should be careful not to become infected. For example, someone who is immunocompromised should have a PPD placed following exposure to a patient with TB. A medical student on long-term prednisone should consider going on antibiotic prophylaxis before spending too much time with AIDS patients who are at high risk for PCP.

    Hope this helps,

    doepug
    MS III, Johns Hopkins
     
  9. BobbyDylanFan

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    I'm guessing that the required blood draw is similar to what you have when starting a new job (e.g. they give you a cbc w/ diff, and chem tests to check overall health) just to make sure you are in decen health. i'm not sure if they would test for hep and/or hiv
     
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    Medical (and other professional schools are prohibited by law from asking about your medical history before deciding to admit you. If you become a member of the entering class they can and will give you a medical examination by their own medical office. I do not know what kinds of medical problems would preclude you, or any one else, from becoming a licensed MD, but in the past there were some students whose matriculation in a class was voided and their dismissals upheld by the courts.

    Legally blind students and amputees have been accepted and earned their MD degrees, but may find themselves limited to certain areas of practice consistent with their abilities.
     

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