Student-Run Free Clinics

 

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports the concept of access to essential health care for all people regardless of social  and economic status, and ideally through a patient-centered medical home (PCMH).

Student-run free clinics often provide access to indigent and underserved populations who otherwise may not receive basic health care services. A student-run free primary care clinic is a service-learning, student driven outreach project that strives to enhance the health and wellbeing of a community through  the provision of medical care. The AAFP supports the inclusion of family physicians within the  student-run free clinic setting since a family physician can provide the following unique benefits:

•    Provide comprehensive, community-based medical care
•    Deliver basic, essential patient-centered health care services
•    Expose medical students to the specialty of family medicine
•    Provide clinical instruction for students

(July 2013 Board) (2013 COD)