What is a University Health Physician? These are the physicians that work at universities serving the medical needs of that university’s student body. The majority of the patient population would be 18 years to 22 years old but keep in mind there are older students as well.
Universities often have clinics staffed with nurse practitioners and physicians to offer subsidized medical care to students. Students can get cheaper prices for office visits, laboratory workup, and xray images. Some universities are staffed with NPs only and lead by physicians. Other universities have physicians seeing patients as well.
Some of the salaries I’ve been able to find on the subject matter are thanks to the Texas Tribune and their data on government employee salaries.
- Jeff Paxton, MD – Staff Physician of Student Health Services at Texas Tech University – $125,557
- Miguel, Villareal, MD - Staff Physician of Student Health Services at Texas Tech University – $122,901
- Emilio Carranco, MD – Director of Student Health Services at Texas State University – $150,515
- Lenore DePagter, DO – Chief Medical Officer of Student Health Services at Texas State University – $124,481
- Mary Rae, MD – Chief Physician of Student Health Services at University of Houston – $150,000
Doesn’t sound like a lot. But I would venture to bet that the benefits are pretty good and that the call is insignificant especially if they have Nurse Practitioners available. Let’s not forget the kind of pathology you would get treating this small subset of patients. I am guessing that the majority of the patient illnesses is run of the mill. If it were anything more serious, they would probably be utilizing their own health insurance instead of their university’s health plan to seek specialist care.
If there are any university student health doctors reading, share your experience in the comments below!
I think what University doctors make is adequate, but I am sure some doctors working will disagree.