Hempstead, NY--Following months of planning and preparation, the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine's student-run free clinic is open, running and ready to see patients on Monday evenings from 6pm to 9pm. The clinic, which unofficially opened its doors on February 15, is located at 95-25 Queens Boulevard (2nd floor) in Rego Park, New York.
The clinic serves the basic, primary care needs of the uninsured. Patients can come to the facility for annual physicals, sick visits, vaccines, blood work, electrocardiograms and much more, including referrals at low or no cost. Patients who qualify can call weekdays from 9am to 5pm to make an appointment. Offsite but nearby, Northwell Health's Forest Hills Hospital will provide administrative and clinical support for the effort, including a call center for scheduling, medical records management, and emergency care.
At the School of Medicine faculty members and administrators worked with the students to facilitate the clinic’s opening. The core team of Mitchell Adler, MD, JD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Lauren Block, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Science Education, Glen Fitterman, MD, clinical assistant professor, Jodi Langsfeld, MSEd, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and fourth-year med student Deepa Ramadurai, chair of the student’s clinic committee, worked tirelessly and side-by-side to bring the clinic from concept to reality. Initially, the clinic operations will be in the hands of attending physician volunteers and more than 15 second- through fourth-year students.
"The clinic is not only a great benefit to the community, but also to our students," said Dr. Adler. "They obtain hands-on experience with clinical tools, hone their knowledge and listening skills, and also learn how to run a medical practice—an important reality of medicine that can't be taught in the classroom."
The School of Medicine’s student-run free clinic follows in the footsteps of a free clinic in the Far Rockaways, a highly successful venture initiated after Hurricane Sandy by the international organization, Doctors of the World in partnership with the School of Medicine. The goals of the Queen's facility are to provide access to quality health care while simultaneously establishing a confident, trusting and open connection with the highly diverse population it serves.
"Our faculty and students put forth a tremendous effort to make this clinic a reality," said Lawrence Smith, MD, MACP, dean of the school of medicine. "We are proud to partner with Forest Hills Hospital in providing compassionate care to the uninsured in the local community."
For more information about the free clinic, including physician volunteer opportunities in primary care, please send your inquiry to [email protected] or call 516-463-7347.