Student health clinic for the homeless
Since 1989 the Department of Family Medicine has supported the MCG Students’ Health Clinic for the homeless. Started by the MCG Family Medicine Interest Group and later also operated in collaboration with the St Vincent de Paul Health Clinic/Coordinated Health Services, this student run clinic meets on Monday evenings to serve the homeless and uninsured population of the Augusta area. As the only truly free clinic in the area, the clinic sees approximately 400-500 patients per year for both acute and chronic family medicine care. Residents are assigned to the clinic on a rotating basis as part of their second year Community Medicine rotation. Family Medicine faculty members serve as preceptors for the clinic.
In conjunction with the Clinic for the Homeless, the Family Medicine Interest Group also operates a bi-weekly evening clinic to serve indigent women in the area. A variety of women's services are offered, including well-woman exams, contraceptive counseling, acute care, STD and sexual health counseling and treatment. Residents rotate through the Women's Clinic during their gynecology and women's health months. As with the Clinic for the Homeless, residents gain valuable experience in addressing the needs of vulnerable patient populations, and also have the opportunity be involved in medical student education activities.
The goal of the Asian clinic is to provide low income people of the CSRA with basic health care and to provide medical students with hands on experience in primary care. The clinic has translators for Vietnamese, Chineses, and Korean available most of time.