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Medical Services

When you’re sick, Medical Services staff members at the Colonial Health Center are here to help. You can either make an appointment or, for urgent medical needs, walk-in during business hours. We provide 24/7 medical advice to students at the George Washington University (GW) with an after hours hotline (202-994-5300). You can visit us for immunization appointments or urgent medical issues, or on Saturdays for urgent care.

  • Schedule an appointment online or call 202-994-5300, option 1 to speak to a clinician 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Appointments are usually available the same day and always within 24 hours.
  • Medical Services operates by appointment only during the summer semester.

Office Visit Fees:

  • $30 for medical office visits for registered undergraduate and graduate students*
  • $60 for physicals* (Students enrolled in the GW Student Health Insurance Plan are covered for one physical a year)
  • $80 for new / 60-minute psychiatric visit*
  • $50 for 30-minute psychiatric visit*

* Students enrolled in the GW Student Health Insurance Plan are exempt from these charges.

You are directly responsible for any and all charges incurred and payment is expected at the time of the service. Additional charges may be incurred for lab work, medical supplies, and medication. Please request specific information about costs at the time of your appointment.

Fees will be charged to your student account. Charges may be paid by GWorld Card Debit Dollars, bill to Student Accounts, MasterCard, Visa, or personal check.

Medical Services does not bill students, parents, or insurance companies, but will provide, upon request, an itemized receipt documenting charges and payments at the time of service to assist students seeking reimbursement from their health insurance.

Missed Appointment Fees:

You will be charged a fee if you do not cancel your appointment within 24 hours or if you do not show up for your appointment. Appointments may be cancelled online or by calling 202-994-5300, option 1.

  • The fee for missed medical appointments is $30.
  • The fee for a missed physical examination is $60.
  • The fee for a missed one hour psychiatric appointment is $80.
  • The fee for a missed 30 minute psychiatric appointment is $50.

Services Offered

All Services

Primary Care Services Offered

  • Evaluation and treatment of acute illness
  • Management of certain chronic conditions
  • Referrals for specialty care
  • Routine physical exams
  • Women's Health
    • Evaluation of common issues
    • Birth control counseling 
    • HPV vaccinations
    • Pregnancy testing
    • Emergency contraception and counseling
  • Sexual Health
    • Prevention, counseling and screening for Sexually Transmitted Infections
    • PreP treatment offered
  • LGBTQ+ Health
  • Immunizations
  • Psychiatric services
    • Psychiatric evaluation
    • Crisis intervention
    • Referrals for therapy
  • ADD/ADHD management
  • Smoking cessation programs
  • Testing
    • TB Testing
    • STI testing - please call for available tests
    • HIV Testing - Rapid test offered free of charge ($30 office visit fee applies) in partnership with D.C. Health Department

Ancillary Care

  • Limited medical supplies and medication dispensing
  • Limited in-house testing
  • Referrals to private labs for lab testing
    • On-site Quest laboratory services
  • Referrals to private radiology groups for imaging studies

For more information, please call 202-994-5300, option 1.

Women's Health

The Colonial Health Center provides a range of services, counseling, and treatments to address health concerns specific to women. Make an appointment today regarding:

  • Birth control
  • STI testing and treatment
  • Menstrual problems
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Smoking cessation
  • Gardasil vaccine (available without an appointment during regular immunization hours)

Referral to Community Providers for an Annual Well-Woman Exam

For routine gynecologic care, including annual exams and pap smears, Medical Services refers to private OB/GYNs in the community, including the OB/GYN Department of the GW Medical Faculty Associates.

Our referral list is available at our front desk. We advise you to check with your insurance company before choosing a provider. Providers in the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan are designated in our referral list.

We also suggest that you call external women’s health providers at least one month in advance, as there is usually a waiting period for appointments.

 

Sexual Health

If you’re trying to determine which contraception method is right for you, find more information on birth control on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.  GW provides this link for informational purposes and does not endorse external websites.

LGBTQ+ Health

The GW Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ+) health program focuses on addressing the special health care concerns of GW’s LGBTQ+ community. The program provides a variety of health care services for LGBTQ+ students, including:

  • General medical care from a member of the LGBTQ+ community or from a LGBTQ-friendly provider.
  • Immunizations against diseases particularly prevalent in the LGBTQ+ population.
  • STI screening and counseling by clinicians with expertise on the concerns of LGBTQ+ individuals.
  • Pre/Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP/PEP) offered on an appointment basis.
  • Screenings and referrals for mental health issues specifically affecting members of the LGBTQ+ community, including those related to coming-out, depression, anxiety, and relationships.

Students who prefer to see a LGBTQ-friendly provider should call 202-994-5300 to request an appointment with one.
 

Flu Shots

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu shot. Flu clinics are held each semester around campus. 

Payment methods include the GW Student Health Insurance plan through Aetna, or billing to your student account.  The vaccine is covered 100% with the GW Student Health Insurance plan. Students enrolled under this plan must show verification of insurance in order to receive their flu shot for free.

Smoking Cessation

Each year millions of Americans quit smoking. Want to be one of them? There are immediate and long term health benefits of stopping tobacco use.

The sessions include:

  • Setting a realistic quit date.
  • Preparing to quit.
  • Updated information on Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches, gum, etc.)
  • Prescription for medication may be given.
  • Tips for quitting.
  • Ways to decrease your stress.
  • How to deal with cravings, and more.

For more information, or to set up an appointment contact Susan Haney, Associate Director of the Colonial Health Center. Smoking Cessation groups are scheduled dependent on the number of participants.

For more advice on how to kick the habit, check out these Tips for Quitting Smoking.