Student groups hold free clinic in Akron

On Sunday, Jan. 28, NEOMED's Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) and the Global Health Interest Group (GHIG) hosted the St. Bernard Health Fair at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Akron, Ohio. Sophie Tayade, a first-year College of Medicine student, shared the following article about the event:

NEOMED students and clinical faculty volunteered their time to provide free health screenings including blood glucose, blood pressure, physical exams and visual screenings. LMSA members served as translators for Spanish-speaking patients while simultaneously providing care.

The health fair was open to the Akron community and was especially planned for Latino members of the St. Bernard Catholic Church as well as the unhoused community that come for St. Bernard’s Hot Meals Program.

When planning the fair, we were overwhelmed by support from the NEOMED community and quickly reached student volunteer capacity. The enthusiasm shared by volunteers throughout the event created a welcoming environment for these patients. A major takeaway from this event was the pragmatic application of the narrative medicine lectures and simulated Wasson interviews that are part of NEOMED’s curriculum, enabling us as students to provide holistic and equitable care for our patients. Several patients shared that this clinic was the first time they had seen a doctor in a while, and at least two patients were screened as potentially pre-diabetic and encouraged to visit their primary care provider.

We hope to continue expanding our health services and frequency of this health fair. If you are interested in contributing, please reach out to LMSA Health Fair chairs Francisco Reyes and Sophie Tayade.

We would like to offer a special thank you to Dr. Rose Baker and the University of Akron nursing students; Dr. Katherine Sheridan, Dr. Amy Jarvis, Dr. Mariquita Belen and Dr. Christopher Devine for serving as our supervising physicians; NEOMED student organizations including Ophthalmology Interest Group, Family Medicine Interest Group, Internal Medicine Interest Group, Infectious Disease Interest Group and Script Your Future Campaign; and Student Services; Axcesspointe Community Health Centers; and the rest of the planning committee for making the St. Bernard Health Fair a success.

Interested in attending an upcoming LMSA event? Sign up on campus groups to stay up to date!


LMSA Spanish Medical Workshop

Date: Monday, Feb. 19, at 12-1 p.m.


LMSA Fundraiser

Date: Friday, March 15, at 6-8 p.m.


LMSA Physician Mentor Panel

Date: Wednesday, March 27, at 7-8 p.m.


University Multicultural Festival (LMSA Table)

Date: Wednesday, April 10, at 4:30-6:30 p.m.

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