A free clinic run by medical students at the Wake Forest School of Medicine has a new home in downtown Winston-Salem.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center physicians have for the past decade supervised School of Medicine students engaged in the school’s Delivering Equal Access to Care program, which brings health care to underserved populations.
The clinic has moved from the Community Care Center on New Walkertown Road to the School of Medicine’s Bowman Grey Center for Medical Education at Innovation Quarter.
“We are very excited about the clinic’s new location, and we remain deeply grateful to the Community Care Center leadership and volunteers for their years of support,” said Dr. Mary Claire O’Brien, senior associate dean for health care education at Wake Forest School of Medicine. “Thanks to our students, physicians and volunteers who give of their time, combined with generous donations from the community, we are able to serve hundreds of people each week.”
In 2017, student volunteers contributed to more than 6,200 hours of service at the former location. The clinic provides exams, blood work, medication and education on healthy lifestyle choices, as well as specialty care in the areas of cardiology, pulmonology and dermatology.
“Being involved in this clinic provides hands-on training for those of us who are medical students and reinforces our passion for delivering high-quality health care to those who are underserved,” said Sophie Claudel, third-year medical student at Wake Forest School of Medicine and co-director of the DEAC Clinic. “We are so excited to continue our tradition of serving the community, by sharing this new and beautiful space with those who need help the most.”