Union Gospel Mission (UGM)
First and second year osteopathic medical students have the unique opportunity to interact with real patients at the Union Gospel Mission Medical Clinic. Beginning in the second half of their first year, students can work alongside a community physician while enhancing their physical examination skills, performing osteopathic manipulation techniques, and practicing giving case presentations.
Students will also become more adept and aware of the complexities of working with a disadvantaged minority population that can only speak limited English. Thus, allowing students to improve their Spanish speaking skills or to learn how to work through an interpreter.
Students find spending time at the clinic also serves to recharge their batteries from the demanding rigors of medical school studies and reminds them why they chose the path of medicine in the first place.