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Student-run clinics

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UC Davis medical students and physicians make significant contributions to the health of underserved populations in the Sacramento area through their volunteer efforts at several community clinics. These clinics train students in delivering primary care services while simultaneously improving access to care in underserved communities. The programs have been recognized nationally as an exemplary partnership between an academic medical center and the community. Medical students, typically in their first or second year, and undergraduates who staff the clinics receive course credit. At least one volunteer licensed physician supervises the students. Undergraduate students act as interpreters, patient advocates, receptionists, and lab workers. Many undergraduate student volunteers are planning for careers in health care. Volunteering in the clinics provides an early opportunity for hands-on training that would otherwise not be available to them. For medical students, volunteering at these clinics keeps them grounded as to why they decided to pursue careers in medicine in the first place. Many students who serve in the community clinics choose primary care specialties when entering residency training.

 These clinics survive because of student dedication.  85 percent of UC Davis medical students volunteer at the student clinics during their years at the medical school.The clinics are an integral part of the first two years' curriculum at UC Davis School of Medicine

For more than 35 years, UC Davis has been operating student-run clinics in the inner-city neighborhoods of Sacramento, providing free health care to uninsured, low-income and other underserved populations.  Operating on weekends, UC Davis' student-run clinics serve several distinct groups of patients, providing them culturally sensitive health care in a respectful and comfortable environment.  The clinics offer thousands of people what is often their only access to health care.  The program also gives medical students and undergraduates hands-on experience and to learn first-hand about the challenges and rewards of patient care and community medicine.

 Services include:

  • Prenatal and well baby/child examinations
  • Immunizations and physical exams for school-age children
  • Diagnosis and treatment of diabetes and hypertension
  • Pregnancy testing and other women's health services
  • Preventative health-care education
  • Flu shots


Paul Hom Asian Clinic 
Commitment to the Asian community
For the Asian and Pacific Islander community, the Paul Hom clinic provides primary and acute care services. Founded in 1972, it is the oldest Asian health clinic in the United States. More than 50 medical and undergraduate students and more than 40 physicians volunteer at this clinic on an annual basis.
Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
6341 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 736-3966

Clinica Tepatí
Primary care services for the Latino community
Clinica Tepati got its start in 1974, with a focus on serving downtown Sacramento’s Hispanic population. Operating out of space donated by The Effort, the clinic’s Spanish translation services allow volunteers to communicate effectively and provide care for more than 1,000 uninsured patients of all ages each year.
Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1820 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 325-5556

Imani Clinic 
Healing begins with faith
Imani is a Swahili word meaning faith and it symbolizes the hope students wish to foster within the African American community. The clinic was established in the Oak Park neighborhood of South Sacramento in 1994 after students became concerned about the staggering and persistent morbidity and mortality rates among African-Americans from hypertension, heart disease, cancer and inadequate prenatal care.
Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Oak Park Community Center
3415 Martin Luther King Blvd., 
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 734-5070 #61419

Shifa Clinic 
Quality health care for the Muslim community
Shifa Clinic is located next door to a mosque not far from the State Capitol in Sacramento. It mainly serves patients from the Muslim community who face language and other cultural barriers to traditional medical care access. The clinic provides translation services in Urdu, Arabic, Farsi and Punjabi. Volunteers are dedicated to meeting not only patient medical needs, but also their religious and cultural practices.
Sundays: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
419 V Street, Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 441-6008

Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic 
Health care for high-risk populations
Sharing space in a small building with Sacramento’s Harm Reduction Services, the Joan Viteri clinic provides unbiased health care to intravenous drug users, sex workers and their families. Through street outreach, the clinic works closely with Harm Reduction Services to emphasize prevention and education about infectious diseases, HIV testing, and to provide drug-related medical and social referrals.
Saturdays: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
3647 40th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 456-4849

Bayanihan Clinic
Focused on the needs of the Filipino community
This clinic provides culturally and linguistically appropriate medical care to the underserved Filipino population in Sacramento County, particularly to World War II veterans and recent immigrants. It also has evolved into a center for culturally sensitive care to an extraordinarily diverse community.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. – Noon
1281 North Avenue
Sacramento CA, 95838
(916) 833-1112

The Willow Clinic
Serving people without homes
Working out of the Salvation Army facility near downtown Sacramento, the clinic provides health-care screening and services to a large, homeless population. The clinic's dedication to the homeless prompted the Salvation Army to include Willow in its renovation plans, where it has set aside two separate rooms solely for patient care and clinical operations.
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
1200 North B Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 703-9203

For more information about the student-run clinics and how you can get involved, please contact:

Ed D. Dagang, Manager
Student-Run Clinics Program
Premedical Advisor
School of Medicine
4610 X Street, Suite 3206
Sacramento, CA 95817 
(916) 734-4106 or (916) 734-4123