Devon Clinic and New Life Volunteering Society Clinic (NLVS)
Every Sunday, rain or snow, four Northwestern medical students travel north to Rogers Park to volunteer at the Indian American Medical Association Charitable Foundation Clinic — more commonly called the Devon Clinic. There, working with community physicians, residents, and students from other Chicago medical schools, students will help provide health care to uninsured and underserved patients. Working primarily with a South Asian population, students strive to provide necessary health care as well as preventive care and health education. Physicians from the Indian American Medical Association, as well as nurses, technicians, translators and other volunteers, staff the clinic. The clinic runs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and provides care to approximately 40 patients each Sunday.
Students at the Devon Clinic have a great deal of freedom and responsibility for their patients' care. They conduct physicals, take histories, and perform diagnostic tests, including blood sugar measurements and EKGs.
After the introductory meeting in the fall for new students, students of all years can sign up for volunteer positions by replying to the sign-up e-mails which are sent out on the student listserv.
New Life Volunteering Society Clinic (NLVS)
NLVS Clinic provides the unique opportunity to work with medical students from the Chicagoland area in a free clinic setting. As a first-year medical student, you have a great opportunity to learn from both your peers and the attending physicians in a practical on-site manner while seeing real cases. The clinic is located south of Devon Avenue and is open every Saturday from 10AM to 2PM.
"Taking care of a patient is a daunting task at first, but there's always a physician to help out and other students to work with. Not only do you get to practice your newly-learned skills but also make a difference for patients who do not have other access to health care."
-Parth Modi, Coordinator
This page last updated Jan 4, 2012