Emergency Instructions

Emergency instructions for Weill Cornell Medical and Graduate Students enrolled in the Student Health Service (SHS)

  • For life-threatening emergencies, call 911 and/or go directly to the nearest emergency department. Notify SHS next possible business day to assist with coordinating follow up.

  • If you or a friend have an immediate concern about suicide, call our Student Mental Health Program at 212-746-5775. You may also call the suicide hotline at 800-273-8255 (800-273-TALK) or walk yourself or friend to the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Emergency Department.

  • If you have experienced a sexual assault, or a non-sexual assault with possible blood/infectious body fluid exposure, go immediately to the emergency department for evidence collection and possible post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV – ideally begun as soon as possible after exposure. Please call 646-962-6942 to report the situation to SHS or the clinician on call so that we may assist you with follow-up.

  • If you have an occupational blood/infectious body fluid exposure, see Bloodborne Pathogen Exposures

  • If you have a chemical exposure, see Chemical Exposures

  • Emrgency department care is subject to your health insurance plan’s deductibles and co-pays. If you are enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan and are referred to another physician for follow up from the emergency department we advise you to follow up at SHS first to ensure that the recommended physician is in your insurance network.

  • For all other emergencies after hours, call 646-962-6942 and you may be connected with an on-call clinician who can provide you advice and instructions. You will be advised if there is no available on-call clinician at which time you can follow one of the options above, or follow up with SHS during normal business hours.

Emergency Instructions for Visiting Students

Visiting students do not have access to the Weill Cornell Student Health Service and so in the event of a true emergency they should call 911 and/or report to the nearest emergency department for care. They should contact their home institution for additional instructions.

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