Office of Student Affairs & Career Counseling


Name: Office for Student Affairs & Career Counseling
Department: Sidney Kimmel Medical College

1025 Walnut Street
Suite 116
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Student Health & Health Insurance

Student Health Services

Medical students have access to student health services located within Jefferson Occupational Health Network (JOHN) for Employees and Students. The office is located on the University’s Center City Campus at 33 South 9th Street, Suite 205. Scheduled appointments are available, as are “walk-in” appointments for sick visits of an urgent nature. Outside of JOHN operating hours, students with illnesses are directed to the emergency department at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Students may also see a Jefferson physician using JeffConnect telemedicine services via an online app, 24 hours a day.

JOHN is open to all students enrolled at Thomas Jefferson University. Visits to JOHN are free of charge, however, any charges incurred by such visits (e.g., radiology or laboratory tests) will be billed to the student’s insurance.

Additional information about services provided by the Jefferson Occupational Health Network (JOHN) - including sick visits, occupational exposure protocols, hours of operation, and health compliance requirements - can be found on the JOHN website.

Health Insurance

As an academic health center, Jefferson requires all matriculated students to have health insurance, and to complete the enrollment/waiver process for each academic year. 

Thomas Jefferson University offers a university-sponsored health insurance plan. Each year, students must either enroll in the university’s student health plan or waive that plan and provide proof of other health insurance coverage. If you have health insurance through another provider, it must meet the stated minimum requirements to qualify for a waiver. If you do not have coverage through another provider that meets the minimum requirements, then you must enroll in the College-sponsored student health insurance plan. Once enrolled, the plan will be in effect for the entire academic year. You may only terminate the insurance coverage if you have a qualifying life change event. Students also have the ability to enroll in optional dental insurance.

Information about the health insurance and annual rates are made available to accepted students and current students on the Thomas Jefferson University Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), as well as on the SKMC Student Affairs Canvas page.

Disability Insurance

Sidney Kimmel Medical College provides you with a disability plan that will pay a monthly benefit in the event that you become disabled due to a sickness or injury, with the option to continue coverage upon graduation.