UK Salvation Army Clinic provides Service Learning to Students

Since 1986, medical students have volunteered their time at the UK College of Medicine Salvation Army Free Medical Clinic, which provides medical care to the indigent patient population of the Lexington community. Medical students oversee every aspect of the administration and operation of the clinic. The clinic occupies approximately 500 square feet with three curtained exam rooms, a basic onsite laboratory and a pharmacy. Typically organized by leaders in the second‐year class, the clinic provides interviewing experience for first‐year students and clinical experience for third‐ and fourth‐year students. The clinic generally is open two evenings each week. College of Medicine faculty members and residents from a variety of clinical departments volunteer their time at the clinic and provide supervision to the medical students. Students from other UK health care colleges also volunteer their time at the clinic. During 2015‐2016, more than 200 students from the first‐, second‐, and third‐year classes participated in this service‐learning activity. On average, eight patients are seen each time the clinic is open and more than 825 patients annually. 

As an outgrowth of the oldest service project for the college, the Salvation Army Clinic Leadership Board has been formed to provide leadership training and reflection about the operation and outcomes of the clinic.

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