The Free Medical Clinic of Cleveland is closed weekends — and Saturday medical treatment is available there.
Confused? Listen up.
Since fall 2011, the original Free Clinic has housed a tenant every second and fourth Saturday: Case Western Reserve University’s Student Run Free Clinic (SRFC). It’s open to walk-ins from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The SRFC typically treats anywhere from 16 to 24 patients said Erin Stein, former SRFC clinical coordinator.
“People are here at 8 a.m.,” Stein told NV.
She also said SRFC staff treats a limited number of patients and turn people away once that number is reached. So if you need services, arrive early.
Stein explained that the SRFC is located inside the Free Clinic but is also separate from it.
“The front desk staff and the people who work in the lab are employed by the Free Clinic, but the [SRFC] pays them to be here,” she said.
The SRFC offers all its services for free, including prescriptions. During a typical clinic day, SRFC staff members make two or three prescription runs to the CVS pharmacy on 79th Street and Euclid Avenue. The pharmacy sells the medications to the SRFC at a discount so the clinic can provide them to patients at no cost.
The SRFC only offers acuteservices. These include complaints like earaches, earwax removal, sore throats, sexually transmitted infections, physicals required for work and emergency oral contraception. If patients have chronic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure, SRFC staff members give them educational information and refer them to an outside facility if necessary.
Along with treating patients at the clinic, SRFC students get involved with the community, Stein said. This includes providing “heart health screenings, health education and going into churches and to farmers markets,” she said.
Funding for the SRFC came from a grant the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation gave CWRU. Jason Chen, one of the two current SRFC clinical directors, said, to use the grant, the SRFC must equally include medical students (future physicians) and nursing students.
So the clinic’s board of directors, leadership teams, and the group of students who treat patients all consist of equal numbers of nursing and medical students from CWRU. In addition, both licensed doctors and licensed nurses volunteer to oversee the students during each clinic day. The licensed professionals also write prescriptions as needed. One of them is Marlene Weinstein, MD, the medical director of the Free Clinic.
Chen thinks the SRFC may be a one-of-a-kind student-run clinic.
That’s because not only is it meant to “serve the population of Cleveland and have students learn,” he said, but it is also is meant to teach future nurses and doctors how to “collaborate with one another.”
With a mission like that, everyone wins at the SRFC—medical and nursing students and, most of all, patients.
Case Western Reserve University’s student-run Free Clinic is open 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every second and fourth Saturday at 12201 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44106. For information email email@example.com and visit srfc.case.edu.