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Research Letter
December 10, 2014

Presence and Characteristics of Student-Run Free Clinics in Medical Schools

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego
  • 2School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego
  • 3University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Orlando
  • 4Dr Cruz is now with Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Santa Clara, California.
  • 5Mr Griggs is now with Lincoln Memorial University, DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harrogate, Tennessee.
  • 6Dr Moscato is now with Mount Carmel Health System, Columbus, Ohio.
  • 7Dr Ferrara is now with Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, Florida.
JAMA. 2014;312(22):2407-2410. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.16066

Student-run free clinics (SRFCs) are common in medical schools,1-6 yet the current state of these clinics is not well described. The first national study of SRFCs conducted in 2005 described 111 SRFCs at 49 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) member institutions.1 We conducted this survey to assess whether there has been growth of SRFCs in medical schools and describe the characteristics of these clinics.

We developed, pilot tested, and revised a survey instrument based on concepts addressed in the original survey,1 a literature review, and ongoing discussions with SRFC leaders from across the country. The final survey contained 39 items including yes/no, multiple-choice, and open-ended responses. The University of Central Florida institutional review board certified this study as exempt.

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