Interest and perceptions of student-run health clinics: A survey at the uniformed services university of the health sciences

Daniel Christensen, Angel Belgard, Cassandra Craig, Mark Stephens

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Introduction: Medical students are interested in maximizing clinical experiences during preclinical years; we report an exploratory survey of student and faculty interest in a student-run health clinic (SHC) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). Methods: We distributed via e-mail a questionnaire to explore student and faculty opinions regarding the role of a SHC at the USU. Results: Nearly half of the students (310/ 669; 46%) and one in five faculty members (78/427; 18%) responded. 227 students stated the USU should have a SHC and 247 students were willing to commit time to a SHC on a weekly or monthly basis. The majority of participants believe work in a SHC would benefit various clinical attributes representative of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education residency accreditation requirements. However, most participants believe work in a SHC would benefit only students pursuing careers in primary care whereas having less benefit to surgical careers. Conclusion: Our survey suggests that there is sufficient student interest at the USU to explore additional clinical opportunities early in the medical school experience; we furthermore identified a subtle yet profound difference of opinions in students and faculty regarding the benefits of early clinical exposure and different specialties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1245-1249
Number of pages5
JournalMilitary medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 11 2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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