Illustration of a first-aid kit
MedLinks are students like you. We serve as liaisons between undergraduate students and MIT Medical. We support the health and wellbeing of MIT students—both in their living groups and within the wider MIT community—one-on-one and through larger campus events. MedLinks can dispense first-aid supplies and over-the-counter (OTC) medications and can help you decide if you need to seek medical attention when you are sick or hurt.

Who are MedLinks?

MedLinks are student representatives. Every dorm and many FSILGs have at least one resident MedLink. We can answer questions about MIT Medical’s policies and services and we help you figure out when and how to connect with other MIT resources. MedLinks can also dispense single doses of common over-the-counter medications and provide disposable thermometers and a variety of first-aid supplies. There are more than 150 MedLinks, and they all attend continuing education seminars each year. 

What can MedLinks provide?

OTC medications:

  • Acetaminophen for relief of pain, fever, and cold symptoms
  • Antacids for upset stomach
  • Bismuth subsalicylate for digestive upset
  • Diphenhydramine, an antihistamine for relief of itching or allergies
  • Guiafen/dextromethorphan for relief of cough due to minor throat or bronchial irritation
  • Hydrocortisone cream for minor rashes
  • Ibuprofen for pain relief or fever reduction
  • Phenylephrine for nasal decongestion

First-aid supplies:

  • Ace bandages
  • Bacitracin antibiotic ointment
  • Bandages: standard, patch, and knuckle sizes
  • Cleansing wipes
  • First-aid tape
  • Gauze pads
  • Ice bags
  • Instant cold packs
  • Rolled gauze
  • Splinter-removal kit


  • Taxi voucher, so you can ride to MIT Medical for free
  • Condoms (not kept by all MedLinks)
  • Digital thermometer and sanitary covers
  • NexTemp disposable thermometers
  • Tampons and pads