Student-Run Free Clinics


The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports health as a basic human right 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) (2018 COD)