Free Clinic Established by UR Medical Students Wins Grant Award

May 26, 2005

The Association of American Medical Colleges has awarded a $30,000 grant to the free health services clinic established by University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry students at the St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center.

The UR program is one of eight programs to receive a grant award this year from the AAMC. Almost 50 programs applied for grants.

The AAMC, with the support of Pfizer, Inc. and the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative, conducts the Caring for Community Grant Program to encourage the development of student-initiated services and projects.

UR medical school students opened a free clinic at St. Joseph’s at 417 South Ave in September. St. Joseph’s already provided health services. The UR medical student clinic allowed the center to offer care one additional evening a week.

Most patients at the neighborhood center are uninsured. The students recruit specialists to volunteer their services. They also learn about accessing free or low-cost pharmaceuticals and lab tests. The medical students work in teams at the center. The evening clinic is scheduled to operate about 50 weeks a year.

The $30,000 grant, the maximum amount awarded by the program, will be distributed over four years.

UR won a similar grant in 2001 for the Saturday School project. Medical school students tutored students in kindergarten through sixth grade who were at high risk of failing core subjects. They also provided health screening, health prevention workshops, and parenting seminars for their parents on a monthly basis.

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