One hundred and sixty-five El Paso youth received free sports physicals this month, thanks to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso)’s Medical Student Run Clinic (MSRC).
With sports physicals running anywhere between $20 and $35, the MSRC’s Sports Physical Drive delivered at least $3,300 worth of free health care services to patients who might not otherwise have access to a health care provider.
“We continue to see a need in the community for this,” said Loc-Uyen Vo, a second-year student in the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) and member of the MSRC’s leadership team. “When we spoke to representatives from the local school districts, they were all very appreciative of us hosting the drive; we believe this is a great way to stay connected and serve the community.”
Located in east El Paso’s unincorporated Sparks community, the MSRC provides free primary health care services, such as diagnostics, blood work and patient education. PLFSOM students manage all clinic operations under the direct supervision of volunteer physicians.
July’s event was the fifth Sports Physical Drive hosted by the MSRC since it opened its doors in 2013. The Sports Physical Drive was made possible by the generous volunteer services of 44 PLFSOM students, 11 residents and nine physicians.
The MSRC operates twice a month on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit the clinic’s Facebook page.