Medical Information

Should a medical condition arise during your time here, it is important that medical caregivers have information about your (and your dependents') past medical history, as well as details about your current condition.

  1. Bring a list of all medications and any vitamins/minerals or other supplements you are currently using, including as much information about each as possible. If this information is not in English, it would be helpful to obtain an English translation, even if an information translation. If you wear glasses, bring the prescription in case you lose or break them and need to replace them here.
  2. If possible, bring documentation about your past medical history including dental, vision, etc. This should list your blood type, diseases (including those you had in childhood), inoculations, surgeries, allergies, and medications taken. If it is not possible to have this documentation with you, you should at least know how to get such information quickly (by phone or email), if necessary.
  3. Have this information (especially your blood type) on printed sheets that can be shown to a doctor. This is especially important if there is an emergency situation and you are not in a condition to answer crucial questions.
  4. The University of Chicago medical facilities can usually get an interpreter if necessary. However, it will help if you have basic English medical vocabulary for conditions you think you may need to discuss with a doctor. You can have these written on a sheet showing the exact words in your language and the English translation.