Local doctor brings house calls to dorms
After witnessing student residents at the University of Arkansas drive home for medical care from their primary doctor, a Little Rock physician established an alternative.
Dr. Kent Covert pitched his idea to two of his high school friends and several years later DormMD was developed.
DormMD attempts to alleviate stress on students and parents by locating board certified physicians close to the student’s campus. Students receive priority access to these physicians with same day or next day medical services.
Covert said DormMD focuses on culture, wellness and prevention with an e-newsletter that focuses on related topics.
“For the cost of Starbucks or pizza, for less than 50 cents a day, students can receive a board certified physician,” Covert said.
According to Covert, universities provide medical services for students; however universities do not treat chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, and depression.
Therefore, students must travel off campus to seek treatment for these diseases.
Becoming a member of DormMD is easy and hassle free. It only requires a flat rate fee of $14.99 a month with no contract obligations.
Yet, it requires the student to be insured. UALR Health Services does not. The rate of $2 per credit hour is included in student tuition and provides unlimted visits.
“We see students for any reason except for acute chronic illnesses; however, we do treat mild hypertension, sexually trasmitted diseases, and we provide pap smear screening,” said UALR’s Research Associate in Health Services Marie Sandusky.
“We are a nurse directed facility and we do have authority to write prescriptions,” she said.
With certain illnesses, students can be seen as walk-ins, but may have to wait a couple of weeks or longer for an annual exam appointment.
“DormMD sounds like a good idea, but if students need anything beyond what UALR’s health services provide health services also has the resources to direct students to a physician close to campus,” Charla Hammond, a liberal arts graduate student said.
For more information on DormMD call 800-299-3154 or visit dormmd.net.
To schedule an appointment UALR Health Services visit ualr.edu/health.