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Student-Run Free Clinics

What is it?

The Student-Run Free Clinic Program is a collaborative effort of medical students, residents, and faculty from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio with several community partners including Alpha Home and San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries (SAMMinistries). Medical students and residents gain vital experience in primary care medicine, public health, community service, and administration of health care while serving others and learning about the social and environmental context in which illness occurs. Weekly clinics are provided on Monday and Thursday evenings at Alpha Home, a non-profit, residential substance abuse recovery center for women, and Wednesday evenings at the SAMM Transitional Living & Learning Center, an organization serving 40 homeless families who demonstrate a commitment to gaining self-sufficiency. The clinics serve as a unique educational setting where students learn from their peers, their mentors, and their patients.

Role of Mentor

  • Supervise and teach medical students and residents during clinic
  • As attending physician or supervising clinician, hear cases presented by the students
  • Help the students design patient care plans and referrals
  • Review each case and EMR note and sign the EMR

Commitment of Mentor

The mentor's time spent on the project may vary but averages 10 hours total for a project. Projects vary in length but typically span a 2-12 month period. A student spends an average of 40 hours on a project, including the time for preparation and evaluation. CSL projects may take place any time during the year. Mentors are required to create an account in the CSL Online Directory, which allows students to view their profile and contact the mentor. The mentor is free to accept or decline any requests by students for mentorship. The mentor can ask to hide or remove his or her profile in the Directory at any time.

What is the process to sign up to be a mentor?

Physicians must have UT Health Science Center affiliation in order to mentor at the student-run free clinics. A licensed MD who does not have the required affiliation may be eligible for the appointment process at the discretion of the Director of the Student-Run Free Clinics. Clinics take place on weekday (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday) evenings; each clinic averages three hours. This program requires a minimum commitment of one clinic per month for a year.

Schedule of Activities

A calendar of clinics is available at:

How do I sign up to be a mentor?

Contact the Student-Run Free Clinic Coordinator, at 210-567-0795 or email Richard Usatine, MD, Director of Student-Run Free Clinics, at .

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