The RotaCare Clinic of El Paso marked its fourth anniversary this month (September) with a community health fair. The Rotary Club of El Paso opened the clinic as part of its 100th anniversary celebration. The free clinic is located at 301 S. Schutz Drive, in an area with some of the highest percentages of uninsured individuals in El Paso.
Medical care is provided at RotaCare each Saturday by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso’s resident physicians, who work at the clinic as volunteers.
TTUHSC El Paso’s first and second-year medical students also volunteer at the clinic, allowing them to get a head start on hands-on experience that normally has to wait until their third and fourth years of medical school.
“These are first and second-year students who have not been alone in a room before with a patient,” said Richard McCallum, M.D., professor and founding chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, and RotaCare Clinic funder.
“This is a little introduction where they come down and are left alone for 10 to 15 minutes with the patient, and then we come in and talk to them and they present their case to us. We discuss the pros and cons, what the symptoms may mean, what the diagnosis could be and how we go about it,” McCallum said.
The main service activities available for students include patient registration through an electronic charting system, triage, shadowing, and maintaining and cleaning the clinic.
The clinic has multiple services, including in-house lab work, a social worker, and different medical specialists.