New Life Volunteering Society Free Health Clinic

A Guide for Students to the NLVS Free Health Clinic

  1. A Typical Day at the Clinic
  2. What You Can Expect
  3. Oversight
  4. Clinic Hours, Location, and Parking

1. A Typical Day at the Clinic

As you may have already learned with medicine, there are countless detours that can occur during any given day. Here we will attempt to illustrate a typical day at the NLVS free health clinic, although your experience may vary slightly.

Clinic doors are opened at 9:00am on Saturday mornings when both student volunteers and patients are expected to arrive. Clinic coordinators, i.e. medical students comprising the NLVS executive board, provide a brief overview of what to expect during the course of the day. Students are also provided with an opportunity to learn and practice a chosen clinical skill for the day during an orientation teaching session. Students are typically placed into teams, consisting of a few M1s or M2s supervised by an M3 or M4. This provides a unique opportunity for students from different medical schools to work together and learn from each other. Students can expect to see a variety of patients from new visits to follow up or medication refills. A team of students begins by obtaining a history and performing a focused physical exam based on the patient’s presenting or chief complaint. The data gathered are recorded in the patient’s chart and subsequently presented to the attending physician, giving the student-team, especially M1s and M2s, the opportunity to truly work-up the patient on their own. Attendings then accompany students to see their patient and to establish a final assessment and plan. Students then wrap up their cases based on the recommendation of the physician by taking their patients to the phlebotomist, providing referrals, and/or ensuring that they receive all their medications, if applicable. They also discuss proper patient follow-up before discharge. Students are allocated 15 minutes for their initial H&P, 10 minutes for attending presentations, and a final 10 minutes to complete their case with discharge.

2. What You Can Expect

Overall, you can expect to be treated like a professional whose responsibility is to handle each patient’s chief complaint to the best of your ability. You should see 3-7 patients per volunteering session. The more patients you see, the more experience you will acquire. Junior and senior medical students take on greater responsibility with teaching incorporated as part of the patient encounters. This opportunity is for you not only to volunteer in the service of the underserved but to also hone your history-taking, physical examination, and assessment and plan skills in preparation for clerkships and/or residency programs.

3. Oversight

The NLVS Free Health Clinic is overseen by the clinic coordinators, attending physicians, and staff, which consists of a secretary, phlebotomist, and pharmacist. All medical care is supervised and signed off by an attending physician.

4. Clinic Hours, Location, and Parking

Hours

  • Open every Saturday from 10am-2pm.

Address

2645 W. Peterson Ave
Chicago, IL 60659
(773) 275-8630

Parking

There is plenty of street parking available around the clinic.

Map & Directions

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