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Medical Care at the O-School

The O-School’s Medical Director oversees the medical care provided to all Residential Program students.

It is important for residential parents and students to note that, while accessible 24/7, the School’s medical team is not meant to replace a child’s primary physician, nor can all medical conditions be treated at the School given the limitations of the settings and staff.

  • Pediatric medical services are provided by The University of Chicago’s Department of Developmental Pediatrics, under the direction of Peter J. Smith, MD.
  • Consultation and treatment emphasizes an understanding of how chronic conditions, such as certain mental illnesses and autism, can impact the health and well-being of children and adolescents.
  • Services provided include: Wellness Monitoring; Non-Emergency Care and Emergency Care.

For Therapeutic Day program students, the School’s nurse is available to tend to any illnesses or injuries that occur during the school day. Should an illness or injury occur that cannot be adequately addressed with first aid or approved over the counter medication, the nurse will immediately contact the family to arrange care with their community provider.