Student Health Services

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  Health Insurance

Health insurance coverage is a requirement for all full-time graduate students. If you have been admitted as a full-time PhD degree seeker you are offered enrollment in the Humana Health Insurance, Anthem Dental Insurance and Professional Vision Services Plans. You may exercise the option to add a spouse and or children with the additional cost of coverage deducted from your monthly pay.

The annual premium for single coverage is paid by the college for all full-time students in the PhD programs as part of their fellowship program. Some students are covered under health insurance policies of their parents, spouses or full-time employer and are eligible to be waived from enrollment. Students have also elected to require single coverage for dental and vision for all full-time students enrolled in the health insurance plan. Full time degree-seeking MS, MA or MPH graduate students may purchase the student health insurance plan. Each student is responsible for payment of this coverage at registration or through stipend deduction.

  Student Health Services

The Medical College of Wisconsin wishes to insure that all students have access to excellent high-quality health care. If your Primary Care Physician (PCP) is located at Student Health Service, you may utilize its services. The Student Health Service is located at Froedtert Hospital's Department of Internal Medicine. Guidelines of the graduate student insurance plan must be followed to ensure the highest level of payment coverage for medical services. A clinic card is required for students and dependents which may be applied for through the Student Health Service. The Clinic card is absolutely necessary in order to obtain services. To make an appointment, call internal medicine 805-6644.

If you need a doctor outside the normal hours please call (414) 507-9589 which is available
24 hours a day/7 days a week. The location is on the corner of Watertown Plank Road & Highway 100
(Tosa Center, 1155 N. Mayfair Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53226).

Immunizations and necessary testing is provided and immunization records are maintained in the Occupational Health Administrative Area at the Curative Building. These services are available only to full-time degree-seeking students.

  Student and Resident Behavioral Health


David Cipriano, PhDDavid J. Cipriano, PhD

Assistant Professor Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

Director, Resident and Student Mental Health Program








The clinic is staffed by Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine faculty and staff. Services include psychiatric medication management and psychotherapy including cognitive behavioral, insight-oriented, stress management/solution focused, couples and family therapy and drug and alcohol counseling. Common concerns which bring people in include adjustment to the stress of training, anxiety, depression, career concerns, work-life balance, relationship problems and child/adolescent concerns.


Students, their spouse, or their child are entitled to (5) five free sessions of MCW mental health services, per academic year, at no cost. Residents and fellows are entitled to (3) free sessions of MCW mental health services, per academic year at no cost. Most major medical insurance policies should cover some of the cost after these initial five sessions. Student Mental Health Services is located off site for confidentiality purposes. These services are available only to full-time degree-seeking students.



To access these services, please contact:

Referral Coordinator: Carolyn Bischel, MS, LPC

(414) 955-8933

(414) 955-6295 (fax)

Referral Hours: 8:00 am-4:30 pm Monday through Friday


After-hours Emergency Contact: (414) 805-6700


Visit the Student and Resident Behavioral Health website

  Cobra Insurance

When a graduate student completes his/her studies in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, student has the opportunity to continue his/her current insurance coverage for a period up to eighteen (18) months the length of COBRA Insurance. The individual selecting to continue his/her insurance coverage in this manner is responsible for all of the payments related to the COBRA insurance. (Current monthly premium costs is given to the student at that time). Student must complete the form, sign, date and return the form to the Grad School.

If student continues his/her insurance coverage via the COBRA insurance, he/she will need to submit a check by the 1st of the month, for the premiums covering that month. The check should be made payable to the Medical College of Wisconsin and delivered to the Graduate School office - M1420:


Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Student will have a thirty (30) day grace period in which to make the payment, if payment has not been received at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences the insurance coverage will be terminated for non-payment.

For questions contact Diane VerHaagh - or call (414) 955-8218.

Cobra Insurance Form (PDF)