For emergency help, Dial 911 from any campus phone.
For concerns of an URGENT NATURE that you feel cannot wait until Health and Wellness Services reopen, call Health and Wellness Services @ 413.597.2206 and follow the message prompts.
- Press 1 to access the on-call physician for medical advice or recommendations.
- Press 2 to access Integrative Wellbeing Services on-call Counselor.
There are no charges for clinic visits to the Health Center.
105 The Knolls at the end of Hoxsey Street)
Adjusted hours for the Winter Break
HEALTH CENTER WILL be staffed on Monday, November 23rd from 10 am-2 pm for in person visits and by phone from 9 am -5 pm, then will CLOSE FOR THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY on Tues, November 24th and will reopen
on Mon, November 30th at 10am.
11/30/20 TO… will be updated as we continue to plan for the Spring Term
The Health Center will be available by phone Mon, Tues Thurs and Friday from 9-5 and Wednesday 10-5.
We will be staffed for in person visits from 10 AM -2 PM Mon-Fri and 12 PM -3 PM on Sat.
Closed for the Holiday Break
Monday 12/21/2020 until Tuesday 1/5/2021
For Emergency help, Dial 911 from any campus phone.
For concerns of an URGENT NATURE that you feel cannot wait until the Health Center reopens, call 413-597-2206 and follow the message prompts.
Press 1 to access the on-call physician for medical advice or recommendations.
Press 2 to access Integrative Wellbeing Services on call Counselor.
FYI, please identify yourself as a Williams Student
Hours (When the college is in session)
Monday -Friday 9-5
Physicians at Williamstown Medical Associates are on call during the academic year whenever the Health Center is closed. When you call 413-597-2206 after hours or on weekends, the prompts will lead you to Williamstown Medical.
Due to COVID-19 pandemic we are not accepting any walk-in visits. Please call the health center 413-597-2206 to be screened by a Registered Nurse (RN) for the appropriate care. Appointments are usually accommodated within 24-48 hours. The Health Center will be relying heavily on telemedicine this semester. If a provider feels that a student needs to be seen face to face and feels it is safe to do so, we’ll help you schedule an in-person appointment. Students requiring more significant care will be transported to a local urgent care or emergency room. All students are initially screened and triaged by an RN and are referred, if necessary, to one of our medical providers for further assessment, referrals or prescription needs.
- Our health center provides an array of health services much as you would find in a typical outpatient medical office including the assessment and treatment of health problems. In addition, we provide the following specialty services for our students:
In addition to our Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistant, a physician is available for consultation Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 pm, by appointment.
In light of Covid-19, the Williams College Health Center will no longer administer allergy injections at this time. Students requiring allergy injections will need to establish care with the following local allergist. If needed the Health Center can assist in transportation to your appointments. This should be completed prior to arriving on campus.
Berkshire Allergy Care
Dr. Ghosh Allergy Clinic
GYN exams, contraception counseling and prescriptions are by appointment only We provide emergency contraception (“morning-after pill”) and pregnancy testing
The Health Center nurses are available to draw blood for lab testing Monday- Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Students may bring valid orders for lab testing from outside (home) providers to the Health Center or they may be faxed by this provider directly to the Health Center @(413) 597-2982. Lab tests may also be ordered, if appropriate, by a Health Center provider: MD, NP or PA. Student insurance information is submitted to the lab with test specimens. The hospital lab performing the test will bill your health insurance for the tests.
An Orthopedic Specialist (MD) is available for consultation on Mondays and Thursdays from 4 to 5 pm at the Health Center. To be seen, please call the Health Center at 413-597-2206 to schedule an appointment.
Physical examinations are available by appointment only with one of our medical providers.
Confidential screenings for chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV, and syphilis are available by appointment. Please call (413) 597-2206 to schedule an appointment or speak with a nurse.
- The Williams Apothecary, a collaboration between Berkshire Health Systems and Williams College, is a new retail pharmacy located at 72 Spring Street that carries many essential items and provide access to prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, including an automated system allowing for pick-up of prescriptions after hours.
The Apothecary’s hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- We provide free transport for non-emergency appointments: advance scheduling required. Learn more.
Please review Williams' health requirements for new students. New students can access those forms in the summer before their first year at Williams.
- This Release of Medical Information Form is available, but not required, for newly entering students. (Should you wish to request a copy of your student health record, please follow the instructions on the form and return to the Health Center by email to [email protected].edu or via fax @ 413.597.2982. Your request will be processed during the academic year when the Student Health Center is open. Please allow up to two weeks for processing of your request.
- If you have a food allergy, please complete this Food Allergy Advisory Form and fill out the Food Allergy Advisory Form. This will allow Dining Services and Health Services to better understand what your needs are in regards to your allergy, and how we can create a safe environment for our Williams community.
Williams provides a wide range of support systems for students with chronic medical conditions.
- Our providers work closely with Sports Medicine's Athletic Trainers during the pre-season and throughout the year in support of our Student-Athletes. Please use this link to access information and review the points below:
Alcohol And Athletic Performance
Current research indicates that the impact of even moderate alcohol use on athletic performance is much more significant than was originally known. Even moderate use (2–3 drinks) results in:
- A loss of motor coordination for up to 12 to 18 hours after drinking
- Depleted aerobic capacity and negative impact on endurance for up to 48 hours after the last drink has been consumed.
Other effects of alcohol use which last for hours after the blood alcohol concentration has returned to zero include:
- Impaired reaction time
- Impaired balance and eye-hand coordination
- Impaired fine motor and gross motor coordination
- Decrease in strength
- Increased fatigue—fatigue coming on more quickly
- Difficulty in the body regulating its temperature, resulting in an increased risk of heat prostration