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Health Care Services

During your time at The Boston Conservatory, you may need medical care. Boston has numerous world-class hospitals and other health care facilities. 

For day-to-day medical needs and health care appointments, many students use Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, a multi-specialty group practice very close to campus. For more informatio about the Conservatory's partnership with Harvard Vanguard, see below. 

Another nearby resource is Fenway Health. Fenway specializes in services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, HIV/AIDS, and people with limited access to health services. However, care is available to anyone. 

In the case of a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1. Also contact the Conservatory's Safety & Security at: 617-912-9191.

Harvard Vanguard Primary Care Medical Services

The Boston Conservatory has a special partnership with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, which offers a broad range of primary care medical services. Many of these services are provided to Boston Conservatory students with no copayment, meaning that you will not have to pay anything out-of-pocket for your health care. You must present your Boston Conservatory photo ID when you arrive for your appointment to access services with no copayment.

Services that Conservatory students receive with no copayment include:

  • Basic physical exams
  • Immunizations and other preventive care
  • Management of acute and chronic illness (e.g., asthma)
  • Diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections 
  • Gynecological services

Harvard Vanguard also offers a broad range of specialty and diagnostic services, including,

  • Eye exams and eyeglasses
  • Mental health services
  • Medical and surgical equipment and diagnostic services, (e.g., MRI, CT Scans, and X-rays)

There is also an Urgent Care Clinic and a 24-hour Medical Advice line: 617-421-1196

Harvard Vanguard Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 .pm.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Holidays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In the case of a life-threatening emergency, students should call 911. Harvard Vanguard is not an emergency facility.

Please note that your insurance company will be billed for all services. If you access services that are not covered by your insurance, you will be responsible for the cost of those services. Harvard Vanguard does not accept all insurance plans. View a complete list of plans accepted. If your plan is not listed, we strongly recommend that you enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan.

Harvard Vanguard’s Kenmore location is a quick walk from the Boston Conservatory campus, located at 133 Brookline Avenue. View a map and directions.

Fenway Health

Fenway Health has multiple locations in Boston, with one within walking distance of our campus. A full range of primary care, specialty, vision, dental, and mental health services are available. Fenway Health accepts The Boston Conservatory Student Health Insurance Plan, as well as most other insurance plans.

Of note is Fenway's commitment to providing: 

  • Confidential testing, counseling, and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Women's health and contraceptive services
  • Holistic health services (e.g., acupuncture)
  • Treatment of substance abuse
  • Support and care for people living with HIV/AIDS
  • Tailored services for transgender individuals
  • Outreach and care for lesbian, gay, and bisexual patients
  • The Violence Recovery Project (VRP), a program for LGBT people who have experienced interpersonal violence, as well as information and support for friends, family, and partners of survivors. 

Fenway Health locations and hours can be found on their website. Appointments must be made in advance. 

For general questions and appoinments: (617) 927-6000

Confidential STI testing: (617) 267-0159
Mental health appointments: (617) 927-6200
Acupuncture: (617) 927-6255

Map and Directions to Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

From the Boston Conservatory campus:

Follow Boylston Street away from campus, walking toward 1260 Boylston Street/Fenway Park/the Landmark Center. Turn right on Kilmarnock Street, then turn right on Brookline Avenue. Harvard Vanguard is ahead on your left, at the corner of Brookline Avenue and Fullerton Street.

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