Diversity & Inclusion


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

Address 31 East Armat Street
Website covenanthousepa.org
2018 Medical Student Rep Olivia Familusi


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.

Address Philly Cuts
4409 Chestnut Street
Website Penn Med SNMA Community Service 
2018 Medical Student Reps Olivia Familusi, Michael Boateng and Aminata Traore


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.

Address First African Presbyterian Church
4159 W Girard Avenue
Website HHBC, United Community Clinic
2018 Medical Student Rep Allison Hare


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.

Address Three emergency shelters in West Philadelphia:
  Episcopal Community Services/St. Barnabas Mission
6006 W Girard Avenue
  Lutheran Settlement House/Jane Addams Place
25 S 43rd Street
  The People’s Emergency Center
3902 Spring Garden Street
Website Homeless Health Initiative
2018 Medical Student Rep Brenna Lilley


Philadelphia Human Rights Clinic (PHRC)

PHRC coordinates medical evaluations for immigrants seeking asylum in the US to provide them with legal documentation to support their cases.Students observe the evaluation and assist physicians in drafting medical affidavits. There might also be a need for medical interpreters.

2018 Medical Student Rep Erik Tan


Project HOME Street Outreach Clinic

The Project HOME Street Outreach Clinic is a partnership between Perelman School of Medicine and Project HOME that promotes active engagement with the city's homeless population on the streets. Medical student volunteers work with outreach teams to provide triage and basic medical care, and engage people waiting for food and other social services around health and well-being. Project HOME strives to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization.

Address Varies
Website projecthome.org
2018 Medical Student Reps Randy Burson and Allie Sperry


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.

Address 1840 South Street
Website www.puentesdesalud.org
2018 Medical Student Rep Randy Burson


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.

Address Presbyterian Hospital, 38th & Market Streets
Website Philadephia Refugee Health Collaborative
2018 Medical Student Rep Jessica Dong


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.

Address First African Presbyterian Church
4159 W Girard Avenue
Website United Community Clinic
2018 Medical Student Rep Samantha Ellison


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.

Address St. Agatha-St. James Church
38th & Chestnut Streets
Website UCHC Services
2018 Medical Student Rep Jeremy Jones


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.

Address 21st Street & Snyder Avenue
Website Unity Health Clinic
2018 Medical Student Rep Beatrice Go