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Community Service Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities for Community Service

Within our department, there are many volunteer/extracurricular activities for medical students.  Many of our faculty are passionate about sharing their skills and talents to give back to needed communities both here and abroad.  Several of them, are sponsored by the Emory PA program, a division of our department, and allow for interdisciplinary teamwork between PA, PharmD, Nursing, Physical Therapy and medical students. Volunteering as a medical student in one or more of these activities is a great opportunity to interact with Family Medicine faculty and residents, while giving back to populations most at need. Below is a list of activities that our faculty regularly volunteer in:

South Georgia Farmworker Project

The South Georgia Farmworker Project is a collaborative service-learning project with south Georgia partners and the Emory PA Program. Typically 35-40 senior PA students work with faculty and physicians, providing free care to 1200-1600 farmworkers and family members in south Georgia over twelve days of makeshift clinics in June. In 2003, the Program was recognized as a finalist for the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration. In 2010 the  American Academy of Physician Assistants and the PA Foundation, awarded the project the Host City Prevention Campaign in conjunction with the 2010 AAPA Conference in Atlanta. See the 2011 Outstanding Service/Volunteer Program of the Year: South Georgia Farmworker Health Project at the following link:   http://med.emory.edu/pa/about_us/community_service/farm_worker/index.html

Interested medical students please contact: Emily Herndon MD (eherndo@emory.edu)or Alisha Smith, Community Service Program Coordinator (asmit30@emory.edu)

Medical Students at the South Georgia Farmworker Health Project

 Med student at SGFHP        med student with interpreter at SGFHP     

Good Samaritan Saturday Clinic

The Good Samaritan Health Center (GSHC) was founded in 1998 by Dr. Bill Warren, a pediatrician who envisioned a faith-based clinic that would provide quality medical care to Atlanta’s uninsured / underinsured populations. The clinic is located at 239 Alexander Street N.W., near Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta and provides an extensive array of services, including medical, dental, social, health education, and counseling. A diverse group of patients access the GSHC, consisting of recent immigrants, the working poor, the homeless, and destitute. Although the clinic operates on a sliding fee scale model, only 20% of its expenses are paid through patient fees; and if a patient cannot pay, they are still provided care. Up to 80% of its operating expenses are through private donations and volunteer work by physicians, PAs, NPs, dentists, and other volunteers.  Currently the Emory PA program runs a Clinic on the first Saturday of each month.

Link to PA Good Sam Clinic:http://med.emory.edu/pa/about_us/community_service/good_samaritan_health_center.html

Interested medical students please contact: Erin Lepp PA, MMSc (elepp@emory.edu)

Medishare Haiti Women’s Health Trip:

Dr. Oguchi Nwosu has established an annual 1-week medical mission trip to Haiti each June.  This community-service learning and research project is funded through philanthropic donations and in partnership with Medshare and the Emory Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.  The purpose of this mission is to develop and sustain a woman’s health clinic in Haiti for patient care, HPV testing and treatment, contraception education and management and investigate cultural barriers to contraception, and to establish a FM faculty mentoring relationship with medical students and Family Medicine residents interested in public health, primary care, especially for medically underserved populations.    Participants include Dr. Nwosu, and at a minimum one Emory FM Resident, and 4 Emory medical students.  The team expects to provide care for ~ 150 women in 1 week.    

Interested medical students please contact: Oguchi Nwosu MD (oonwosu@emory.edu) and the Emory Medishare student leaders.

Dr Nwosu (FM faculty)and Emory medical student             Dr Nwuso examining children in Haiti                                                                           

Dr Nwuso volunteer service project in Haiti                                                  Haiti volunteer clinic project

Other Clinical Volunteer Opportunities:

Although not sponsored directly by our department, many of our faculty are also very involved in other clinical community service projects sponsored by health student organizations throughout the year. Below is a list of some of them:

Mercy Care Gateway Clinic:   

Gateway Clinic is located at the Gateway Center, a shelter located downtown (http://www.gatewayctr.org/).  Mercy Care Atlanta (http://www.mercycareservices.org/) runs the clinic and provides the on-site staff.  At the clinic, we serve men living at the shelter and provide basic primary care.  It’s held every Tuesday evening from around 6:00-8:30.  Each week, 2-3 medical students (typically M1’s) attend and get a chance to learn about taking histories and physicals while helping an underserved population.  A physician will oversee the patient visit, instructing the students and having the final say in the assessment and plan.  This is a great way for patients to receive primary care without needing to rely on ER services, etc.  Moreover, it is a great way for students to practice their clinical skills and for physicians interested in service and education to become involved. 

Interested medical students please contact:  Dr. Herndon (eherndo@emory.edu) or the current Gateway Student Coordinators

Hispanic Health Fair:

The Hispanic Health Fair is sponsored by the Hispanic Health Coalition working in partnership with the Spanish Medical Interest Group. Last year over 400 participants were seen and provided over 1400 free clinical services. Health students from the medical school, PA, PT and MPH programs as well as many other community partners were involved with free pap smear screening, breast exams, flu shots, HIV testing, cholesterol and glucose testing, vision screens, skin examinations, bone density screening and mammograms.

Interested students, please contact: Medical Spanish Interest Group Student Leaders or Dr. Susana Alfonso, faculty advisor to the group (salfons@emory.edu)