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Specialty Care

To better serve your medical needs, as well as save you the time and hassle of travel, the Student Health Center offers a number of on-site Specialty Medical Services. Some of these Specialists may require a referral from one of our Primary Care providers, while others do not. However, they all require an appointment. You can speak with your provider in the General Medical Clinic to determine if you need a referral to see one of the specialists listed below. If your SHC provider refers you for specialty medical services that are not offered on-site, then you will be referred to either UCI Medical Center, another UCI Health affiliated provider or to a community provider that is convenient for the patient and who is in the SHIP PPO network.

Dear Students:

UCI Student Health Center is in the process of updating this webpage to provide more detailed information and resources regarding gender-affirming care and the services offered to our non-binary, transgender and gender-diverse students. Our team of gender-affirming care providers and nursing staff are here to holistically support the physical, mental health and social health care needs of non-binary, gender-diverse and/or transgender persons in a welcoming, respectful, safe, secure, confidential and inclusive environment that affirms their gender identity. Please visit this webpage regularly as more information is provided.

Please note that the UCI Counseling Center provides gender affirming mental health services for the holistic mental health needs of the transgender/nonbinary community. These services include, but are not limited to, assessment for letters to support gender affirming hormone treatments and surgeries. The UCI Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center provides a wide range of education and advocacy services supporting intersectional identity development and fostering community, wellness, an open and inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, transgender, queer, asexual, ally, and questioning students, faculty, staff. 

Additional information and resources can be found below including the Counseling Center and LGBTRC websites as well as information regarding gender-affirming services and benefits covered by UC SHIP.

Your experienced Primary Care provider should be capable of treating the majority of your skin problems, such as acne, eczema, and other rashes. However, there are times when consultation and management from a Dermatologist may be necessary. In that case, your primary care provider will refer you to our on-site UCI Health Dermatologist or another Dermatologist in the community.

If you have already established care with a UCI Health dermatologist or a dermatologist in the community, you may contact the SHC Insurance Services Department directly at shc-insurance@uci.edu or by calling 949-824-2388 to obtain a referral to continue to see your specialist.

Otolaryngology is the specialty in medicine that deals with illness and disease of the Ear, Nose, or Throat (ENT). Although your Primary Care provider is trained to handle the majority of medical conditions, including sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, and pharyngitis (throat infections), there are times when persistent symptoms or other structural problems (large tonsils or broken nose) may require evaluation and treatment from an ENT specialist. In that case, your primary care provider will refer you to our on-site ENT physician or one in the community.

We are truly fortunate at the UCI Student Health Center to have the on-site services of an experienced Orthopedic Surgeon, in addition to 2 full-time Board Certified Sports Medicine providers. Whether it was getting body-checked at that broom ball game, or the epic wipeout you took while surfing, this clinic attends to patients referred for all your joint, back, or muscle symptoms and/or injuries. You may request an appointment with one of our Sports Medicine providers directly, and your primary care provider will refer you to our on-site Orthopedist or one in the community.

Our Primary Care providers should be capable of treating the majority of your stomach, digestive, and intestinal problems, such as abdominal pain, reflux, and acute vomiting/diarrhea. However, there are times when symptoms may become more severe, and consultation and management from a Gastroenterologist may be necessary. In that case, your primary care provider will refer you to a UCI Health Gastroenterologist or another one in the community.

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders have on general health. Doctors of Chiropractic practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment.

Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are specially trained in manipulation of the spine and extremities, as well as recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises. Chiropractors provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. Doctors of chiropractic may assess patients through clinical examination, diagnostic imaging, laboratory testing and other diagnostic methods.

The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint function by manually applying a controlled force into joints to restore normal alignment and movement. Diagnosis and treatment is not limited to spinal conditions. Chiropractic doctors are often consulted for conditions of the extremities including, but not limited to, the shoulders, hips and knees. A chiropractic treatment program may include manipulation, deep tissue techniques, application of kinesio-tape, instrument assisted soft tissue and/or manipulation, cold laser treatments and orthotics.

Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition or the condition warrants co-management with other members of the health care team.

Chiropractic Interns are in their last year of their doctoral program and they rotate on a 12 month basis. While on rotation at the Student Health Center, the interns treat patients under the supervision of a licensed chiropractor.

Many students enter UCI with an ongoing or chronic medical condition (Diabetes, Epilepsy, Asthma, etc.) which typically requires regular care, testing, and management. In some cases, these conditions may develop and become diagnosed during your time here at UCI. The Primary Care team is staffed with Board Certified Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatric providers who are experienced and trained to manage even the most complicated of health and chronic disease conditions. Even if your particular health condition requires the support of a Specialist (Endocrinology, Neurology, Allergist, etc.), it is important that you be seen and followed by one of our Primary Care providers, who may serve to help maintain, monitor, and coordinate your care.

If you have an urgent health problem, we will do our best to provide you with a same day appointment. In addition, you may choose to walk-in and see if a medical clinic, specialty clinic or nurse triage clinic appointment slot is available at that time. If no appointments are available at SHC during normal hours of operation and your health problem is urgent or emergent, you will be referred either to a nearby urgent care center or hospital emergency room that is in the SHIP PPO network.