Mission Statement: The Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic strives to provide healthcare to adults without medical insurance in the spirit of working towards health equity. Through longitudinal clinical experiences, we aim to train Washington University School of Medicine health professional students to work as patient advocates and effective members of interprofessional clinical teams.
The Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic (SNHC) is a medical student-run free clinic that serves the adult uninsured population of St. Louis. We operate out of Family Care Health Centers (FCHC) – Forest Park Southeast, less than a mile south of the medical school campus. Patients are seen by a team of medical, clinical psychology, and pharmacy students, and physicians from Washington University School of Medicine. Our services include preventive care, treatment of both acute and chronic medical conditions, physical exams, specialty referrals, and prescription refills. We also hold monthly specialty clinics for psychiatry and dermatology on the Washington University medical campus. We aim to provide holistic care to uninsured adults that would not otherwise receive it, and to connect our patients to other resources and permanent primary care providers in their communities.
Preclinical student volunteers (first-year and second-year medical students) can work as part of the medical team, conducting the patient interview and taking a history, and/or as coordinators responsible for managing clinic logistics and flow, care management, and patient referrals. Clinical student volunteers (third-year and fourth-year medical students) mentor the preclinical students by helping with the patient interview and the physical exam as necessary. A board-certified attending physician oversees the process, makes a diagnosis, and guides the team in setting up a treatment plan. We are able to provide some funds towards patient prescriptions and/or imaging, heavily discounting these items for our patients based on their ability to pay.
An academic selective is offered as part of the WUSM curriculum, in which first-year students can receive training toward becoming a coordinator and managing a student-run free clinic. The selective focuses on public health issues and the health care needs of the St. Louis community, in addition to the day-to-day operations of the Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic. We also offer an academic elective for fourth-year students that trains them to mentor preclinical students in a clinical setting.