Diversity & Inclusion

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Student-Led Clinical Opportunities

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, compassion and service are essential components of being a doctor. The Perelman School of Medicine students' commitment to community service demonstrates this belief. Their service provides support to communities that too often are left out of the health care system, while allowing students to learn valuable skills.

Please click on each title to expand and find out more details about the student-led community clinics at Perelman.

Covenant House

Covenant House provides a full range of services to meet the complex needs of homeless and runaway youth. Medical students conduct history and physical examinations, and engage with the youth in non-clinical activities, such as board games and karaoke.

For more information, please contact:
Brian Goldspiel and Seiji Suda

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Cut Hypertension

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) provides blood pressure screenings and information about the risks of hypertension, especially among Black males, every Saturday in a barber shop in the heart of West Philadelphia.

For more information, please contact:
Samantha Kisare, Adjoa Mante and Canada Montgomery

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Heart Health Bridge to Care (HHBC)

A branch of the United Community Clinic, Heart Health Bridge to Care Clinic provides long-term care to underinsured individuals in the Parkside section of Philadelphia. Medical students work with nursing, pharmacy, and social work students, as well as faculty to develop care plans for patients with heart disease.

For more information, please contact:
Beth Thompson

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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Homeless Health Initiative (HHI)

The Homeless Health Initiative provides free health services to women and children living in local emergency housing shelters. As part of a clinical team, medical student volunteers assist with history and physical exams, and medical counseling of patients. Volunteers also interact with patients and their families to gain exposure to and knowledge of the impact of homelessness on children’s lives and health.

For more information, please contact:
Sara Hobday, Sarah Landau and Steven Tsai

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Philadelphia Human Rights Clinic (PHRC)

PHRC is a student-run organization with a mission to provide no-cost psychiatric and physical evaluations of survivors of persecution seeking asylum in the United States.

For more information, please contact:
Molly Crowe, Grace Ng and Anitra Persaud

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Homeless Outreach Project

Medical student volunteers work with Philly Restart to connect individuals experiencing homelessness with healthcare and social services.

For more information, please contact:
Ian McCurry and EB Messineo

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Puentes de Salud

Puentes de Salud works to ensure the wellness of the Latino immigrant population in South Philadelphia by offering medical care, education, and social services. Medical student volunteers contribute to clinical teams for patient care, and participate in the Diabetes Management Program, a longitudinal experience. There are also leadership opportunities for other non-clinical projects run by the organization.

For more information, please contact:
Hannah Connor and Clara Warden

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Refugee Women's Clinic

Refugee Women’s Clinic provides women’s health education and culturally competent healthcare to refugee women who have resettled in Philadelphia. Medical students plan and provide patient education sessions on various women’s health topics, as well as contribute to clinical care.

For more information, please contact:
Jessica Dong, Erin Tully and Ezinnem Ugoji

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United Community Clinic (UCC)

United Community Clinic is a free health clinic coordinated by University of Pennsylvania students that provides care to mostly African American men and women between the ages of 16-65, often uninsured or underinsured. Medical students help by taking patient histories, performing physical exams, and presenting to resident and attending physicians.

For more information, please contact:
Christina Murphy

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University City Hospitality Coalition (UCHC)

The University City Hospitality Coalition provides services to the homeless in West Philadelphia, including hot meals, a medical clinic, a dental clinic, a legal clinic, and referral services for shelter, housing, food, and clothing. The medical clinic is staffed by Penn Medicine students, physicians, and pharmacists. Services provided by the medical clinic include: acute and emergent care; diabetes and hypertension screenings; podiatry consultations; dermatology consultations; flu shots; condom distribution; and referrals to social services.

For more information, please contact:
Nathan Markiewitz

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Unity Health Clinic

The Unity Health Clinic is a free clinic that primarily serves uninsured Indonesian immigrants of Chinese descent. Medical student volunteers assist and shadow Penn faculty and residents. On clinic evenings, medical students are involved in medical scribing, taking patient histories, checking blood pressure, calculating BMI, retrieving medications, and more. Volunteers also give presentations to small groups of patients on basic topics in health and medicine.

For more information, please contact:
Austin Borja

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