Medical Partnership students and faculty have a passion for service and give back to the Athens area and surrounding communities in various ways.

Illustrating to our students the importance of giving back to our communities is one of our top priorities. Below is a small sampling of the wide variety of community service activities the Medical Partnership provides.

The Medical Partnership / Athens Free Mobile Clinic

The Athens Free Mobile Clinic is a free and low-cost primary health care clinic, with services delivered to area communities with barriers to accessing health care. This clinic was established in 2018 and is operated by AU/UGA Medical Partnership physician faculty, students and residents. Target populations include medically underserved and marginalized communities in the Athens-Clarke county area and surrounding counties.  The goal is to reach uninsured and underinsured patients who have difficulty accessing primary and continuity in medical care in part due to transportation barriers. The Medical Partnership / Athens Free Clinic is delivering primary care for all ages and genders with acute and chronic conditions, as well as providing screening and prevention services.

The Medical Partnership / Athens Free Mobile Clinic

The Athens Free Mobile Clinic is a free and low-cost primary health care clinic, with services delivered to area communities with barriers to accessing health care. This clinic was established in 2018 and is operated by AU/UGA Medical Partnership physician faculty, students and residents. Target populations include medically underserved and marginalized communities in the Athens-Clarke county area and surrounding counties.  The goal is to reach uninsured and underinsured patients who have difficulty accessing primary and continuity in medical care in part due to transportation barriers. The Medical Partnership / Athens Free Clinic is delivering primary care for all ages and genders with acute and chronic conditions, as well as providing screening and prevention services.

Teddy Bear Clinic

Each year a group of Medical Partnership students visit Alps Road Elementary school to meet with students to illustrate that going to the doctor doesn’t have to be scary. They teach the elementary students about washing their hands, healthy eating and how much exercise they should receive each day. This event also encourages students to develop an interest in science and healthcare, while at the same time teaching the medical students how to interact with a young age group.

Teddy Bear Clinic

Each year a group of Medical Partnership students visit Alps Road Elementary school to meet with students to illustrate that going to the doctor doesn’t have to be scary. They teach the elementary students about washing their hands, healthy eating and how much exercise they should receive each day. This event also encourages students to develop an interest in science and healthcare, while at the same time teaching the medical students how to interact with a young age group.

Home Visits to Meals on Wheels Clients

As the campus director of geriatrics and palliative care, Dr. Don Scott oversees the AU/UGA Medical Partnership Internal Medicine Residency program’s geriatrics rotation in partnership with Saint Mary’s Hospital. In 2016 the idea was conceived to establish a partnership between the residency program and the Athens Community Council on Aging. While on their geriatric rotation, the residents, along with Scott, make home visits to the Athens area Meals on Wheels clients. This partnership enables the Meals on Wheels clients to see a healthcare professional in the comforts of their home, while allowing the residents to see patients in their home environment.

Home Visits to Meals on Wheels Clients

As the campus director of geriatrics and palliative care, Dr. Don Scott oversees the AU/UGA Medical Partnership Internal Medicine Residency program’s geriatrics rotation in partnership with Saint Mary’s Hospital. In 2016 the idea was conceived to establish a partnership between the residency program and the Athens Community Council on Aging. While on their geriatric rotation, the residents, along with Scott, make home visits to the Athens area Meals on Wheels clients. This partnership enables the Meals on Wheels clients to see a healthcare professional in the comforts of their home, while allowing the residents to see patients in their home environment.

Free Sports Physicals at Athens Area High Schools

Dr. Suzanne Lester, a faculty member at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership, works with the medical students and administrators at local schools to plan a day for free sports physicals for both the fall and spring semester. Medical students set up stations for height and weight checks, blood pressure monitoring, and vision screenings, then work with Medical Partnership faculty members and volunteer residents from Piedmont Athens Regional and the AU/UGA Medical Partnership Internal Medicine Residency Program at St. Mary’s to provide the exam.

Free Sports Physicals at Athens Area High Schools

Dr. Suzanne Lester, a faculty member at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership, works with the medical students and administrators at local schools to plan a day for free sports physicals for both the fall and spring semester. Medical students set up stations for height and weight checks, blood pressure monitoring, and vision screenings, then work with Medical Partnership faculty members and volunteer residents from Piedmont Athens Regional and the AU/UGA Medical Partnership Internal Medicine Residency Program at St. Mary’s to provide the exam.

Student Run Clinic at Mercy Health Center

Mercy Health Center is a free health center providing care to the uninsured of Clarke, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Oglethorpe, and Oconee counties. In the winter of 2011, a partnership was created between the Medical Partnership campus and the Mercy Health Center. All students at the Medical Partnership have the option to volunteer at Mercy. Medical Partnership student volunteers work at the clinic on Wednesdays and are responsible for coordinating the schedule for each clinic, which includes confirming both student volunteers and clinical faculty, who provide primary care for the patients.

This relationship has given students from the Medical Partnership an excellent clinical and community service experience that has greatly affected their view of patient care. Originally open only two evenings a month, the student clinic is now a well-functioning teaching clinic allowing the students and faculty physicians to provide care every Wednesday night.

Student Run Clinic at Mercy Health Center

Mercy Health Center is a free health center providing care to the uninsured of Clarke, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Oglethorpe, and Oconee counties. In the winter of 2011, a partnership was created between the Medical Partnership campus and the Mercy Health Center. All students at the Medical Partnership have the option to volunteer at Mercy. Medical Partnership student volunteers work at the clinic on Wednesdays and are responsible for coordinating the schedule for each clinic, which includes confirming both student volunteers and clinical faculty, who provide primary care for the patients.

This relationship has given students from the Medical Partnership an excellent clinical and community service experience that has greatly affected their view of patient care. Originally open only two evenings a month, the student clinic is now a well-functioning teaching clinic allowing the students and faculty physicians to provide care every Wednesday night.

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