Urgent Medical Care


Zika virus and travel to South & Central America and the Caribbean.

 Please note the CDC travel advisory. Zika virus is often clinically mild, but has been linked to an increase in microcephaly when a pregnant woman becomes infected. Students and staff abroad can reduce their risk of Zika virus and other infections like dengue by preventing mosquito bites. Learn more at the CDC website FAQ.

During regular business hours (Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm, Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 9am-1pm) you can call SHS and speak to a triage nurse. The nurse can advise you on the urgency of your condition and recommend the appropriate level of care needed.

Nurse Advice Line

If you have an urgent medical situation that occurs after SHS business hours, call the nurse advice line at (773) 702-1915. The nurse advice line is available 7 days a week.

The nurse advisor will review and assess your symptoms and advise you to make an appointment at the Student Health Service or visit the Emergency Room, as appropriate.  The nurse advice line is a service provided by a 3rd party, and is not staffed by the University of Chicago, or the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Emergency Room

Emergency Room services are not covered under the Student Life Fee; ER services will be charged to you and your personal insurance.

If you are unsure whether you should go to the ER, call the nurse advice line at (773) 702-1915 to determine if emergency treatment is necessary. The Emergency Room is not appropriate for most ear aches, stomach flu, or sore throats.

If you do go to the ER it is important that you tell the Emergency Room staff you are a student, and that you take your insurance card and student ID card along with you.

University of Chicago Medical Center
Emergency Room
901 E. 58th Street
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Phone: (773) 702-6250