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Episode 21 : Lessons Learned from a Medical Emergency at College with Laura and Zane Dennis


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College is for many students the first time they are responsible for their physical health. Going to college there are a ton of legal and medical forms that may not seem like a big deal at the time but can be impactful in a medical emergency. From insurance disclosure to HIPPA forms, parents and their students need to be organized about preparing for medical situations once their child is away at school. Laura Dennis and her son Zane bring in a personal medical emergency experience that opened their eyes to just how complicated forms are and how to be prepared.



Key Takeaways:

  • Zane’s personal story of an appendectomy
  • The importance of HIPAA release forms
  • Insurance forms and reporting an incident within 24 hours
  • How to be communicative and organized about medical forms
  • Knowing it is okay to ask for help as a student

Important Resources and Links:

Laura's Blog, Almost Empty Nest


Meet Laura and Zane Dennis:

Laura Dennis:


Laura started Almost Empty Nest in 2014 when her first son left for college as a creative channel and helpful blog for other parents experiencing the same empty nest feelings. Laura is a mom of three and she and her family are based in Oklahoma. In the podcast, she shares her experience as a mother whose son experienced a medical emergency while at college.


Zane Dennis

Zane is a 2018 graduate of Baylor University where he majored in bioinformatics. He is currently finishing up a Master's in Data Science from New York University where he has been involved in biomedical research and is excited to soon be starting his career as an engineering linguist at LinkedIn. He lives in Hoboken, NJ, where he is involved with a local running club and pursues a variety of hobbies including local sports leagues, game development, and cooking.


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Episode 21 Full Transcript