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. You can read more about Dr. Smith and two of our co-medical directors here. 

More than 20 Student-Run Free Clinics now exist around the country based on our model:

The Society of Student-Run Free Clinics, which we helped create, had its fifth national meeting with more than 500 attendees. 

Premedical, medical, and health professional students presented a number of projects at the national meetings of the Society of Student-Run Free Clinics and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.