September 16, 2005

Student-run free clinic to open; walk set to raise funds

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Demikia Sawyers of Environmental Services parties on the dance floor with some of her co-workers during Monday’s Night Owl Howl party for those who work the night shift. For more photos from the Howl, and a list of this week’s Employee Celebration Month events, see page 6.
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Student-run free clinic to open; walk set to raise funds

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students are opening Vanderbilt's first student-run free clinic on Sept. 24 to address the health needs of uninsured residents in the East Nashville and Bordeaux neighborhoods.

In conjunction with partners including the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and United Neighborhood Health Services, the Shade Tree Clinic will serve the Dickerson Pike area beginning this month.

The walk-in clinic will be open on Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m., and on Saturdays from noon-4 p.m.

Organizers hope to provide approximately 2,000 walk-in patients with free, non-emergency medical services. They also intend to conduct four health fairs and health screenings, and register 500 patients for Bridges to Care.

The clinic is seeking volunteer physicians and fund-raising participants in preparation for the September opening of the clinic. Volunteers needed include attending physicians, fellows, residents and medical students. The clinic hopes to have two attending physicians and 10 medical students for each day the clinic is open.

A Walk in the Park, a fund-raising run/walk event to benefit the free clinic, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18 in Centennial Park. Registration is at 1p.m., runners will begin the 5 kilometer course at 2 p.m., and walkers will begin at 3 p.m. Food, music and an awards ceremony will follow the event. Pre-registration is $20, registration the day of the event is $25.

To register, or to find more information about the free clinic, visit