The Summer Institutes employs certified nurses who assist with the medical care of participants. In the event of a participant illness or injury that cannot be treated by the nurses, a staff member will transport the participant to either the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) Urgent Care Center (for noncritical medical care) or to the Stanford Health Care (SHC) Hospital Emergency Room (for critical or after hours care) depending on the medical services they require. Program staff will contact parents/guardians in the event that a participant receives medical care, and will remain in contact until the issue is resolved.
The PAMF Urgent Care Center, located near the Stanford University campus, provides standard, non-critical health care services (such as care for minor cuts, colds, and sprains) to summer youth program participants including foreign participants even if they do not have U.S. medical insurance. Medical insurance is not required to attend the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes, but we strongly recommend that each participant have sufficient medical insurance while attending the program.
As PAMF does not bill foreign based insurance companies, international participants are strongly encouraged to obtain medical insurance from a U.S. provider for the duration of their stay at Stanford. Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes does not provide medical insurance and cannot assist families in working with insurance companies to obtain U.S. medical insurance. PAMF maintains a list of insurance health plans that they accept at http://www.pamf.org/physicians/healthplans.html. We encourage participant's families to contact PAMF and their insurance provider to see if they will be covered in the event of medical treatment.
All participants should be prepared to pay a deposit at the time of service at either PAMF or SHC hospital, and non-U.S. patients must allow the medical facility to copy their passport. Later, they will receive a final bill from the medical facilities for care received. If final changes are less than the deposit, the difference will be refunded to the home address provided. Please note that if a participant is uninsured and is taken to the SHC Emergency Room, the participant will not be refused treatment, but will be billed at a later time.
It is very important to ensure that all prescriptions and medications, especially EpiPens, are up to date and will not expire during the program.