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)
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