Thank you for your interest in medical student-run health clinics. Even as these clinics proliferate, little is understood about the medical services and educational activities of these programs. We have pursued a research agenda examining these unique programs in terms of their public health value for underserved populations and teaching value for medical students. Here, we offer some of the findings, presentations, and resources from our work.
Medical student-run clinics represent a new mechanism of healthcare delivery and are increasingly becoming part of the public health safety net in their communities. Their impact for patient care – and medical education – can be significant. This impact should not be neglected in the wider considerations of medical educators, public health professionals, or those with an interest in underserved and vulnerable populations.
Through this research and related activities, we aim to
- Recognize and describe medical student-run health clinics as a new form of healthcare service for patients
- Understand the educational impact of these programs on student and faculty volunteers
- Build the foundation for future research on student-run health clinics
- Encourage new research objectives – including quality and outcomes studies – in the student-run clinic setting
- Advertise the mission and accomplishments of student-run health clinics