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Student-Run Free Clinic

student-run-clinic-group.gifAdministered through the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, the Student-Run Free Clinic Project has been providing free high-quality, comprehensive, outpatient medical and dental services to San Diego County residents since 1997. The Free Clinic Project serves uninsured and underserved patients who cannot otherwise afford or access needed care at sites in downtown San Diego, Pacific Beach and Southeast San Diego.

The Student-Run Free Clinic Project is a replicable model that will reduce disparitiesin access to quality healthcare within vulnerable and underserved communities in San Diego and across the United States. The Clinic provides comprehensive medical care to San Diego’s underserved communities. Students from many medical fields manage clinic operations under the direct supervision of licensed physicians. A wide array of medical services is offered, ranging from primary care and lab analysis to dental services and acupuncture. The clinic provides ongoing care for chronic disease management, and also provides social, psychological, and legal services.


The Division of Global Health, supported by the UCSD Global Health Initiative, has taken a leading role in partnering with the School of Medicine to create a robust and rapidly expanding program for medical students with interests in global health.

The Student Run Free Clinic, under the direction of Dr. Ellen Beck, provides a rich cross-cultural experience in downtown San Diego.

As Director of the department's family medicine inpatient services, Dr. Esmat Hatamy oversees the School of Medicine's Course 441A , a sub-internship for medical students for family medicine inpatient training. International medical students also take part in this course.

Dan Slater is leading the popular medical school course FMPH252: Problems in Global Health with invited guest speakers and a range of topics related to global health and relevant for future physicians as well as researchers. This course will become a required course for the proposed School of Medicine Track in Global Health.