Ongoing Service Opportunities

MLK Day at Briggs Avenue Community GardenMLK Day at Briggs Avenue Community Garden

In addition to the events planned by the student groups below, the DC Service Committee plans monthly service events open to the medical school at large.

Sampling of Service-Related Student Groups:

Monthly Service Events (recent months):

  • Briggs Avenue Community Garden
  • Change Center
  • DCLT Build Day
  • Durham Striders
  • Urban Ministries

 

Labor Day Volunteering at Urban MinistriesLabor Day Volunteering at Urban Ministries

Free Clinics

Holton Free Clinic

The mission of the Holton Clinical Immersion course is to provide patient-centered healthcare to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured persons in the East Durham community through a student-involved health clinic at the Holton Wellness Center. Under nurse practitioner supervision, third-year medical students supervise preclinical students in the care for patients who present to the Holton Wellness Center Clinic on Thursday and Friday nights throughout the academic year. In addition to rotating through the clinic, students attend monthly sessions to assess clinic progress, discuss and develop management plans for patients, and present teaching modules.

Fremont Rural Health Clinic

Fremont Rural Health Clinic is a student-run free clinic in rural Fremont, NC. The clinic is held the third Saturday of every month from 9 am until all patients are seen. Medical students, alongside physician preceptors, provide basic care including chronic disease management, acute care, physicals, etc. The clinic is capable of checking blood sugars, lipids, and metabolic panels, administering vaccines, writing prescriptions and refilling medications, distributing information about local health programs and general health and wellbeing, and facilitating necessary follow-up or referral care. The team running the monthly clinic usually consists of three to four community volunteers working the front office, five medical students (three MS1s and two MS3/MS4s), and one attending physician.

In addition to the free clinic, students take part in a monthly lecture series pertaining to important primary care topics such as health maintenance screening, vaccination schedules, diabetes and hyperlipidemia management, motivational interviewing, case discussions, and more.

Lastly, all first-year medical students take part in the Patient Partners Program, in which they are matched with a clinic patient. The patient/student team set both short- and long-term health goals that they work together to reach over the course of a year. Students regularly contact patients between monthly clinic visits to review health goals, diet and exercise, and help navigate any concerns that may arise.