The cost of drunk driving

Our friends over at the Student Wellness Center are hosting a discussion and presentation on what happens if someone is arrested for drinking and driving.  Bill Graver, formally of Buckeye Real Estate, will share his story on April 6, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gateway Event Center.  Bill cares a great deal about Ohio State students and wants to share his story with others to encourage better decision making in regards to alcohol use.  I would encourage all students to attend.  Here’s all the relevant info: 

What does a night out cost?

Having fun this weekend? It’s what college students look forward to all week. Let’s make each weekend fun, make it safe, and then, make it home! Join us for a discussion on drinking and driving.

Date: Monday, April 6th
Time: 6:30pm

Location: The Event Place (Next to Ugly Tuna at the Gateway Theater)

Soda and snacks will be provided

The first 100 students get a free t-shirt!!

Meningitis Vaccine availability on campus

With the recent case of an Ohio State student being diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, Student Health Services has received inquiries regarding the availability of the meningitis vaccine on campus for students.  Dr. Roger Miller, our Preventive Medicine Physician has provided the following information:

The meningitis vaccine is $117, and is available here at Student Health. You can schedule an appointment just for the vaccine, or it can also be received during most routine appointments for other reasons.  Call 292-4321 to schedule an appointment.  Depending on how much of your insurance benefit you’ve already used, student health insurance covers up to half of the cost if you receive the vaccine at the Student Health Center (it doesn’t cover it at all if you get the vaccine somewhere else).  If you have an outside insurance provider, be sure to check with them regarding coverage.  For more information, see our “Meningitis Student Handout”  document on our blog page. 

Are you for real?

When I was at orientation last fall quarter, a parent asked me if we had “real” doctors at the Student Health Center.  As opposed to what, I thought, fake doctors?  Imaginary doctors?  

First of all, I thought, if I was an imaginary doctor, I’d look like Dr. McDreamy from Grey’s Anatomy.  But then she explained that since we are the “student” health center, she thought that everyone who worked here was a student.  Okaaay… I kind of get it.  Actually, that’s not a bad question.  So here’s the answer:

We’re all “real” at the Student Health Center.  Not just the doctors, but the dentists, the optometrists, the physical therapists and athletic trainers, the nurse practitioners and physicians assistant, the pharmacists, the radiographic technologists, the nurses, the medical assistants, the laboratory technicians, the administrators, the health information management folks…  Every single one of is real.  Got our degrees.  Fully licensed and certified.  Had all of our shots.

You may run into some students in health-care related fields working here – after all, as a member of this great university part of our job is to contribute to your education.  But rest assured that when you come to see us at the Student Health Center, you’re getting the real deal. 


John Vaughn, MD – OSU Student Health Services