Refugee Clinic at Penn Center for Primary Care

  • United States of America

Dr. Barden-Maja oversees the Refugee Clinic at the Penn Center for Primary Care. The clinic is run as a collaborative effort between the Primary Care and Global Health tracks of the Internal Medicine Residency program in Penn Medicine, and our partner resettlement agency, HIAS Pennsylvania. Opened on October 15, 2010 as a partnership between PCPC and HIAS Pennsylvania, the clinic currently operates every Monday afternoon with over 20 rotating residents, and sees over 75 new arrivals each year. Five attending physicians precept in the clinic, all of whom are experienced in global health, travel medicine or infectious diseases.

Over thirty different languages are spoken in clinic by refugee populations from Bhutan, Burma, Eritrea, Liberia, Darfur, South Sudan, Russia, Ukraine, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and many other countries. Residents from four different residency programs contribute to care in the clinic (Primary Care, Global Health, Med/Peds, Med/Derm) and the clinic hosts a once-monthly Women's Health clinic specifically focusing on the health needs of refugee women and a weekly Latent Tuberculosis Infection (LTBI) clinic, run by a Pharmacist and pharmacy students, focusing on LTBI diagnosis and treatment.