Free Physicals Offered for Rochester Area Students

July 26, 2011

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry students, faculty and residents again will conduct free physicals for Rochester area students on four evenings in August and September.

Students routinely need a physical for school, sports activities or work permits. New York State requires a physical for new entrants to a school and students entering kindergarten, first, second, fourth, seventh and tenth grades.

The physicals, which are free of charge, will be given from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 11, Aug. 18, Aug. 25 and Sept. 8 at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, 415 Elmwood Avenue. The session on Aug. 11 is only for athletes who need a physical to play sports.

Parking at the School of Medicine and Dentistry lot also is free.

No appointments are necessary, but physicals will be given only to the first 125 students at each session.

Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or have a signed parental consent form. Schools can provide consent forms.

Immunizations will be provided free of charge by the Monroe County Department of Public Health for those covered by Medicaid or Child Health Plus/Family Health Plus, students without health insurance or adequate coverage and Native Americans. Students should bring their immunization records. 

The physicals are provided courtesy of the Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education and Diversity and the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The School of Medicine and Dentistry has provided free physicals to about 2,000 students in the last six years. For more information, call 585-275-7203.

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