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UC San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic Project Educational Opportunities

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Meeting the Needs of Undeserved and Vulnerable Populations

The Student-Run Free Clinic Project is nationally recognized and serves as a model and a training ground for health professional students, faculty, and community leaders countrywide who are seeking to better meet the needs of underserved and vulnerable populations.​

We are committed to a model of education that is empowering and respectful of the learner -- including patients, students, faculty, and community leaders.

The Ripple Effect

Our national faculty development programs "Addressing the Health Needs of the Underserved" and "Addressing the Oral Health Needs of the Underserved" have now trained more than 200 faculty physicians and 50 faculty dentists from all over the country. 

Many medical, pharmacy, and dental students have returned to be volunteer attendings, clinic supervisors and role models. For example, Dr. Sunny Smith was first exposed to underserved medicine at the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project during her first year of medical school. Dr. Smith ultimately completed her family medicine residency and returned to UCSD to complete a two-year fellowship in underserved health care. Today she is Co-Medical Director of the Student-Run Free Clinic.  

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Start a Free Clinic

More than 20 Student-Run Free Clinics now exist around the country based on our model. Learn more about the steps required to start and strengthen a free clinic as well as how to set up a patient sssistance free medication program. 

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Patient & Community Programs

While patients are at clinic, there are a number of resources available to them to enhance their understanding and experience. 

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Education & Training

Student Education

SRFC Project creates a unique and invaluable learning opportunity for medical, pharmaceutical, dental and integrative medicine students.

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Faculty Development & Fellowship

Our national faculty development programs have now trained more than 200 faculty physicians and 50 faculty dentists from all over the country.

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