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Eating Disorders

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Universities present lifestyle challenges due to distance from families and familiar medical care (even if only a few miles), changes in physical activity level, dining in a cafeteria, exposure to alcohol, and changes in friends and relationships. You may have considered many of these factors already, but if you have not you may begin to think about how these will affect your health.  There may be additional challenges with managing your diet and activity level with your busy schedule.

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Campus Resources

We highly recommend that you plug into campus resources early to help with transition and prevent relapse. Contact the Vaden Health Center ahead of time and arrange a new team. Vaden Health Center is available to provide Primary Care Services, Nutrition Services, and Wellness in addition to Student Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). The Continuity of Care Nurse at Vaden is available to assist you with managing your medical needs. You may contact her at (650) 725-0984 for help obtaining the care you need while on campus. Additional information on Nutrition, Body Image and Disordered Eating 

In addition, there is an Eating Disorders Specialty Clinic at Vaden which provides medical assessments and ongoing monitoring and support for eating disorders and related health issues. It is staffed by physicians and dietitians from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Our specialist is Cynthia Kapphahn, M.D. This specialty clinic is especially helpful for students who need regular ongoing support.

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Some Additional Things to Consider As You Prepare for Stanford

Medical Appointments
  • If you have medication prescriptions, make sure you bring an adequate supply to campus.
    • A Walgreens Pharmacy is located at Vaden Health Center.  You may use this pharmacy for your medications.  In addition, there are other pharmacies located within 1 mile of campus. 
    • Never take anyone else’s medication.

Medical Condition Note

If your medical condition has specific treatment recommendations from your current provider, we recommend that you request a Transition of Care Summary from your current clinician.  This document should include:

  • Your diagnosis with ICD-10 code
  • Your current status
  • A brief history of treatments including those which failed
  • Recommendations for care while at Stanford (including medical management and diagnostic tests)
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