Preparation for Accepted International Visiting Students
Prior to arrival:
The UNC Office of International Students and Scholars Services (OISSS) has created an web page with the latest news and information regarding the Executive Orders on immigration. For any questions or concerns, please contact OISSS.
If you are unable to arrange a time to meet earlier, please arrive at (321 South Columbia Street Chapel Hill, NC) UNC School of Medicine at room 1066 Bondurant Hall at 8:00 am on the first day of your elective (another location will likely be emailed to you a few days before the elective begins, but if not you should report to 1066 Bondurant Hall). You will need to fill out some paperwork, get your ID badge and complete any needed immunizations at that time, as well as learn some of the specifics of our program. Please also write down your Personal Identification Number (PID) which will be sent to you a few weeks before your elective start date. This will be an important number to know during your time at UNC. Refer to the IVS Student Guide for helpful information and answers to common questions students have when beginning an elective at UNC. After the initial requirements are completed, you will then go to the location listed for your individual elective.
Here is a link to a full-sized campus map (Slow to load. Bondurant Hall is in section G16): http://www.maps.unc.edu/CampusMaps/PdfMaps/CampusMapIndexed2005_11x17.pdf
Digital campus map: http://maps.unc.edu/
Shared Location example: http://myatlascms.com/map/?id=111&mrkIid=126962
A full booklet of information that may be useful to you can be found in your International Visiting Medical Student Guide. If the International Visiting Student Coordinator has told you different information from what you find in this guide, listen to them instead- as they will have the most up to date information.
Below is a map showing the location of Bondurant Hall and the visitor parking deck. Click to see full map.
If you are coming by car, the best place to park is in the Dogwood Parking Deck on Manning Avenue (section F18 on the map). The cost is $1.50 per hour, with a maximum daily cost of $10.00. Chapel hill also has a free bus and park-and-ride system that you can use.
The payment for each elective is $2,500 per four-week elective as of January 1, 2016. To pay the elective fee online using a credit card, click here. Payment needs to made no later than the first day of the elective. Failure to submit payment on the first day will result in your course director being contacted and you not being able to attend your elective until full payment is received by the OIA. Money orders and checks are also accepted and made payable to the UNC School of Medicine. Students doing off-site electives (Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington, Greensboro, etc) must submit their elective payment by the Friday BEFORE their elective begins.
If you are a US citizen, you will need to provide a copy of your health insurance card and details of your insurance plan.
If you are not a US citizen, you are required to purchase the GeoBlue Student Health Insurance for In-bound international students. Your insurance plan must cover your entire elective period (4 weeks), and will cost about $95.00. You will receive more information regarding this via email from our office, but to look at the plan, you may visit their website https://www.geobluestudents.com/. IVS students would be using the International In-bound plan.
If you need an immunization, the Office of International Activities will set up an appointment with UNC Campus Health. Students will typically go for an appointment on the first day of their elective after our meeting. All students are required to have TB PPD skin tests completed in the United States; no outside TB vaccinations will be accepted. A PPD skin test costs about $15. Students are responsible for any fees assessed for immunizations completed at Campus Health. A bill will be sent to our office a few days after the immunization, and students will be notified that they need to make the payment before leaving UNC.
OSHA and HIPAA training
You are required to complete OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen training and Tuberculosis training. You are also required to complete HIPAA training. These trainings will be completed through an online system called LMS. You will receive an email with log-in information.
NOTE: Completion of these training modules are necessary even if you have undergone similar training at another institution.
EPIC is the name of a program that will give you access to patient information. Before you arrive you have to complete required online training. Your elective has requested that you receive FULL access. Please be aware that the online training may take up to 2 hours to complete, and must be completed one week prior to your elective start date, as it takes several days to unlock access after your completion. Additionally, you will complete your HIPAA and OSHA trainings through the LMS system. You will not have access to patient information, notes, etc. until you complete this training.
Each medical student is responsible for his/her enrollment in class and completion of training for the Epic@UNC Training Plan. The UNC Health Care Learning Management System (LMS) is used for class enrollment and completion of online pre-learning courses.
You may save your progress and return. It does not have to be completed in one sitting.
Consent, Confidentiality, and Emergency Contact Forms
Housing is the responsibility of the student and you are expected to find your own housing for the duration of your elective. Students can look for accommodation from either the housing list we send to you or through other means listed below. Please be advised that the UNC Office of International Activities does not endorse one rental company or room rental over another, nor do we inspect properties that are listed on this website. For your safety, we encourage you to use caution and good judgment when responding to or viewing any rental properties. When possible, it is best for you to visit any property you are considering prior to signing a lease.
Medical students can find rooms through external websites like http://rotatingroom.com/.
Additionally, UNC offers guest apartments through: http://housing.unc.edu/guests/ , however the rates can be expensive.
Other websites used in the U.S. to find housing include Craigslist or Airbnb. Be sure to select Chapel Hill unless you will have personal transportation during your stay. It is important to be extremely careful if using these websites, as anyone can post (not just students) and there is no guarantee of quality or safety.