The Chinatown Clinic provides free primary medical care to an underserved, mainly immigrant population. Held weekly, the clinic promotes volunteer and community service among Feinberg students by providing one-on-one opportunities to interact with patients with diverse needs. Each week, a team of volunteer physicians, nurses, medical students and translators address the needs of anywhere from 15 to 30 patients. The clinic opens Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. and is scheduled to run until 1 p.m. The Chinatown Clinic is the sole provider of healthcare for most of the patients, and has served over 1,700 people since its inception.
Students are encouraged to attend Chinatown Clinic orientation meetings during the first weeks of the school year, but can sign up to volunteer throughout the year. In the spring, the Chinatown Clinic organizes its annual community-wide health screening fair open to the public, bringing together Feinberg students, students from other schools, translators, and physicians representing many specialties. The health fair typically serves over 300 patients in one day. Throughout the year, the clinic also organizes other community service events and opportunities for Feinberg students to further enrich their education.
"We arrived early in the morning at the community center to find 40-50 people who had been waiting in line for two hours before the health fair was even supposed to begin. It was an amazing feeling to know we provide a service that the Chinatown community really needs and appreciates."
-Peter Lu, Coordinator
"There are times it can get really hectic, but we do the best we can with what we have. Working with the Chinatown Clinic has truly been an eye opening experience. We see firsthand the work that goes into running a free clinic, and are reminded of why we have chosen this route in medicine - to provide health care to the people who need it most."
President Chinatown Clinic
This page last updated Jan 4, 2012