Interest Group Plans Helping Hands Event

Mar 11, 2013, 09:37 AM by Julia Essex

The UTMB Health Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) is planning a Helping Hands event on March 23, 2013. The group of medical students, along with some faculty members and residents, will spend the day volunteering their time at local free clinics, including the Luke Society Medical Mission to the Homeless' open-air clinic and the St. Vincent's House Free Clinic. Interested volunteers should contact Julie McKee, MD, the group's faculty sponsor, or Christine Horstmeyer, co-president of FMIG.

The Family Medicine Interest Group is an interest group for medical students at UTMB Health who are interested in Family Medicine. If you are interested in participating, please visit their page on Facebook for more information or contact the Department of Family Medicine Medical Student Education program.

The Luke Society Medical Mission to the Homeless operates an open-air clinic to help meet the health needs of the homeless in Galveston. Staffed by volunteer physicians, nurses and lay workers, the clinic is held each weekly in a parking lot behind the First Presbyterian Church of Galveston at the corner of 20th and Church Streets. Clinic services include screening for medical problems and basic treatment of wounds and infections. There is no fee for clinic services provided at this clinic. 

In partnership with UTMB Health, St. Vincent’s House offers free primary care to those men, women and children who might otherwise go without medical care or treatment; the indigent, transient (homeless), under and/or uninsured members of our community. The primary care clinic is administered by a full-time patient coordinator and staffed through the generosity of volunteer health professionals and students from UTMB Health School of Medicine and School of Health Professions, under the supervision of practicing doctors from the UTMB faculty.