Students Attend National Conference

Last week our students from SOAR Student Run Free Clinic and OutReach attended the Society of Student Run Free Clinics (SSRFC) Conference in Anaheim, CA along with over 600 students from free clinics across the country. The conference was put on in conjunction with the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Our students spent time listening to presentations about what other clinics are doing, discussing ideas, and gaining information to take back to our clinic! Students learned about grant writing, labs and funding, fundraising initiatives, quality improvement projects, free clinic consulting groups, community outreach, education classes, a student run free veterinary clinic, and so much more! It was great to hear what other clinics are doing and we will use these ideas to improve our efforts at SOAR SRFC. Our students also put on one workshop, gave two oral presentations, and presented three posters. They were well attended and other students were very impressed and interested in what we are doing at SOAR. Dr. Boltri was elected treasurer of the Society of Student Run Free Clinics Faculty Board. We are so proud of our students and faculty for sharing their work and getting involved on a national level. Congrats team!

To learn more about the Society of Student Run Free Clinics, visit:

The following is a list of SOAR SRFC presentations:

Ensuring and Tracking Internal Quality Improvement at a Student-Run Free Clinic
Bricey Kepnes, Haley Coleman, Smriti Gupta, John Boltri MD

Fundraising for a SRFC: Interprofessional Collaboration and Subcommittee Development
Katherine Stiff, Pallavi Sharma, John Boltri MD

Meeting the Needs of Portage County: The Process of Opening a Student-Run Free Clinic
Ariana Ellis, Pallavi Sharma, Bricey Kepnes, Katherine Stiff, John Boltri

Championing inter-professionalism by effectively incorporating pharmacy students and pharmacists into a student-run free clinic
Haley Coleman, John Hill, Stephanie Koppes, Kelsey Wasko,

Oral Presentations
Enhancing communication of SOAR SRFC students by use of a productivity application to improve patient care
Haley Coleman, Bricey Kepnes, Ariana Ellis, Pallavi Sharma, Madeline Goosmann

Coordinating Interprofessionalism in a Student Run Free Clinic as a Fourth Year Medical Student
Pallavi Sharma, Haley Coleman, Bricey Kepnes, Katherine Stiff, John Boltri

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