The medical student leadership team for the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) Medical Student Run Clinic recently presented two posters at the annual conference of the Society on Student Run Free Clinics (SSRFC) in conjunction with the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, in Atlanta, GA. The SSRFC conference theme was ‘Thriving in a Changing Medical Landscape.’ Their posters entitled “Implementing Innovative Inventory” and “SENOS: Screening Equality Now Offered In Sparks” highlighted the team’s incorporation of a web-based inventory system utilized to track clinic medical supplies and replenishment, as well as the clinic’s community service highlight in the provision of free breast cancer screening for women in the Sparks community; an initiative made possible through grant funds awarded to the clinic from the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation.
Medical students attending and presenting were Nathaniel Rawicki, Eduardo Garcia, Isis Lopez, Meredith Wittie and Kate Petty. Garcia said the conference gave them the opportunity to network with many other students who are looking to improve the care they offer in their own communities. “It’s exciting to know that we belong to a group of students working to offer high-quality care for those in need.” Lopez and Rawicki said their time in Atlanta gave them insight into how other students run their clinics, as well ideas for fundraising and future programs, growth and progress for their clinic. “Diverse student groups attending from across the U.S. helped foster idea sharing and cultural growth,” said Wittie.
This is the second year in a row that a team from the Paul L. Foster SOM was invited to the conference to present on the Student Run Clinic.