Making the Most of Free Medical Clinic Experience

Premed students can gain clinical knowledge and leadership skills while helping underserved patients at free clinics.

Free medical clinics are health care clinics in the community that provide care to underserved patients at no cost to them. 

Some free medical clinics focus on specific patient populations like homeless individuals. Others are connected to community-based organizations such as churches and shelters. Volunteeringat free medical clinics is a great way for premeds to gain clinical experience while improving the health of underserved people. 

Students can get involved by searching for free medical clinics affiliated with their universities and in nearby neighborhoods. Free medical clinics recruit volunteers, and students can gain leadership positions over time.

Here are three tips for students to enhance their free medical clinic experience:

  • Shadow physicians.
  • Take patients’ medical histories.
  • Improve health care access and education.