We believe that an essential aspect of training the doctors of tomorrow is preparing them to serve their communities. We take to heart the Association of American Medical Colleges position that compassion and service are essential components of being a doctor. The following list of student run or staffed health clinics demonstrate Perelman School of Medicine's commitment to community service:
Covenant House provides a full range of services to meet the complex needs of homeless and runaway youth. Medical students conduct history and physical examinations, and engage with the youth in non-clinical activities, such as board games and karaoke.
Address: 31 East Armat Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144
Contact: Chielozor Okafor
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) provides blood pressure screenings and information about the risks of hypertension, especially among Black males, every other Saturday in a barber shop in the heart of West Philadelphia.
Heart Health Bridge to Care
A branch of the United Community Clinic, Heart Health Bridge to Care Clinic provides long-term care to underinsured individuals in the Parkside section of Philadelphia. Medical students work with nursing, pharmacy, and social work students, as well as faculty to develop care plans for patients with heart disease.
Address: First African Presbyterian Church
4159 West Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contact: David Hsu
Website: HHBC, United Community Clinic
Homeless Health Initiative
The Homeless Health Initiative provides free health services to women and children living in local emergency housing shelters. As part of a clinical team, medical student volunteers assist with history and physical exams, and medical counseling of patients. Volunteers also interact with patients and their families to gain exposure to and knowledge of the impact of homelessness on children's lives and health.
Emergency Shelters in West Philadelphia:
Contact: Alexa Larsen
Puentes de Salud
Puentes de Salud works to ensure the wellness of the Latino immigrant population in South Philadelphia by offering medical care, education, and social services. Medical student volunteers contribute to clinical teams for patient care, and participate in the Diabetes Management Program, a longitudinal experience. There are also leadership opportunities for other non-clinical projects run by the organization.
Address: 1700 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146
Refugee Women's Clinic
Refugee Women's Clinic provides women's health education and culturally competent healthcare to refugee women who have resettled in Philadelphia. Medical students plan and provide patient education sessions on various women's health topics, as well as contribute to clinical care.
Address: PPMC, Medical Arts Building, Suite 102
51 N 39th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contact: Jessica Dong
United Community Clinic (UCC)
United Community Clinic is a free health clinic coordinated by University of Pennsylvania students that provides care to mostly African American men and women between the ages of 16-65, often uninsured or underinsured. Medical students help by taking patient histories, performing physical exams, and presenting to resident and attending physicians.
Address: First African Presbyterian Church
4159 W. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contact: Amanda Gottshalk
University City Hospitality Coalition (UCHC)
The University City Hospitality Coalition provides services to the homeless in West Philadelphia, including hot meals, a medical clinic, a dental clinic, a legal clinic, and referral services for shelter, housing, food, and clothing. The medical clinic is staffed by Penn Medicine students, physicians, and pharmacists. Services provided by the medical clinic include: acute and emergent care; diabetes and hypertension screenings; HIV/HCV testing; dermatology consultations; flu shots; condom distribution; and referrals to social services.
Address: St. Agatha-St. James Church
3728 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contact: Ankit Kayastha
Unity Health Clinic
The Unity Health Clinic is a free clinic that primarily serves uninsured Indonesian immigrants of Chinese descent. Medical student volunteers assist and shadow Penn faculty and residents. On clinic evenings, medical students are involved in medical scribing, taking patient histories, checking blood pressure, calculating BMI, retrieving medications, and more. Volunteers also give presentations to small groups of patients on basic topics in health and medicine.
Address: 21st Street & Snyder Avenue, Philadelphia
Contact: Yoonhee Ha