Thank you so much for considering volunteering at the USF BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic! Established in 2007, the BRIDGE Healthcare Clinic is a student-run, free clinic that provides primary care to uninsured residents of the University Area Community. The goal is to create a health facility where patients are treated compassionately and cared for through an interdisciplinary approach with collaboration from medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, social work, and public health.
This is a wonderful opportunity to teach medical students, give back to medically underserved populations in your community, and see how a student-run, free clinic operates!
Benefits for you:
- Educating the next generation of physicians.
- The satisfaction of helping those in need.
- Learn about the workings of a free clinic.
- Allopathic physicians can receive up to 5 hours of CME Credits for 5 hours of volunteerism.
- Osteopathic physicians can receive up to 10 CE credits for 10 hours of volunteerism.
What you need to know:
- The clinic provides primary care for adults ages 18 and older.
- You will be covered by the Department of Health after completing volunteer application.
- You can volunteer as much, or as little, as you like. The hope is for volunteers to come at least 2 to 3 times per year.
- Most night shifts are no more than three hours (6 to 9 p.m. on a Tuesday) and are located at the USF Health Carol and Frank Morsani Center (13220 USF Laurel Dr, Tampa, FL 33613).
- There is no need to speak Spanish as interpreters are provided.
- We want your experience to be enjoyable and are open to any suggestions to make your experience better.
What to expect at BRIDGE Clinic:
- Med teams: An underclassman and upperclassman will take a history and perform a focused physical exam.
- Teams will have new patient appointments, which are 30 minutes, as well as follow-up appointments, which are 20 minutes. Teams can expect to see two to three patients on a typical night.
- Med teams will then present their findings to the attending physician.
- The attending physician will return with the student to the patient rooms and after reviewing history and exam close the visit.
- Telehealth: The clinic also offers telehealth using doxy.me on Tuesday evenings. Similar to in-person clinic, med teams will see the patient and then present to the attending physician.
We look forward to hearing from you!