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Fam Med. 2003 Jun;35(6):394-7.

A multidisciplinary, learner-centered, student-run clinic for the homeless.

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Department of Family and Community Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77098-3915, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:

Houston Outreach Medicine Education and Social Services teaches students, in multidisciplinary teams, using the learner-centered model, to provide primary health care to the homeless.

DESCRIPTION:

The founding and operational aspects of this educational intervention are presented.

EVALUATION:

Student response to this service-learning program is assessed in terms of educational value using a survey and an analysis of student reflections. Clinical service activities are measured to demonstrate program efficacy.

CONCLUSIONS:

Student participants, especially basic science medical students, value the program due to its contributions to their professional and personal education, as well as their increased understanding of biopsychosocial issues. Learners develop empathy, compassion, and heightened social awareness.

PMID:
12817862
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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