The Latin term "Pro bono" is short for "Pro bono publico," or for the public good. Students in the nation's more than 50 student-run health clinics are doing their part to improve their communities by voluntarily providing crucial health care services to those who are unable to afford them.
Student-run free clinics are urgent care clinics that provide free basic health care to the uninsured and underserved populations while concurrently enhancing student education.
Health care services, including adult and pediatric basic primary health care, patient education and resource counseling, are offered at no cost to patients. Often, these clinics also offer free dental care and prescriptions.
Students from different health disciplines including medicine, social work, nursing and pharmacy, volunteer in these clinics under the supervision of veteran physicians.
Each patient is triaged and assigned to a medical student/physician team. This offers an opportunity for medical students to receive hands-on educational experience while providing service to the community.
For more information about Student-Run Free Clinics, and to see if there's one in your area, visit the Society of Student-Run Free Clinics website: www.studentrunfreeclinics.org.