Student-run free clinics in San Antonio
by Will SansomThe poor and disenfranchised have many needs today, not least among them compassionate health care where they live.
Health Science Center medical students are learning to provide this class of care in two student-run free clinics in Bexar County – one offered to women at the Alpha Home chemical dependency treatment center and the other to homeless families at the San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries (SAMM) Transitional Living and Learning Center.
In these weekly clinics, students learn to care for individuals in the persons’ own environment and treat health issues before they escalate and require an expensive and lengthy visit to an emergency room.
"It is incredibly encouraging to see families and individuals, who have experienced so much hardship in life, band together and help one another get back on track," says Leonard Chow, M.D., a 2008 School of Medicine graduate.
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