Implementing a Psychiatry Clinic in a Student-Run Setting: a Medical Student Perspective
Access to mental health services is a growing problem for Americans, with significant impact on those of lower socioeconomic status, with uninsured status, and in medically underserved areas. The negative consequences of not treating the mentally ill are significant, with increased rates of suicide, drug abuse, homelessness, and crime . In fact, the leading mental health care provider in Texas is the state prison system . Thus, the need for additional resources is clear, and student-run free clinics can provide part of the solution. Over the last 10 years, there have been several descriptions of student-run free clinics providing psychiatric services .
As student directors at St. Vincent’s, a student-run free clinic in Galveston, Texas, we have seen the benefit of psychiatric care first-hand. Yet, a common theme in many of the conversations with fellow medical students nationwide is the feasibility of operating a student-run psychiatry clinic . Caring for patients with...
The authors would like to thank Dr. Robert Beach who is the faculty adviser at St. Vincent’s Student Run Free Clinic in Galveston, TX. The authors would also like to thank Dr. Adam Brenner for his support and guidance.
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