Union Gospel Mission (UGM)
The Yakima Union Gospel Mission (UGM) Medical Clinic is dedicated to providing free primary medical care and urgent care services to individuals and families experiencing hardships and difficulty accessing health care. First and second year osteopathic medical students at PNWU have the unique opportunity to help the Union Gospel Mission achieve their goals by volunteering to work alongside a community physician. This allows students to enhance their abilities to perform a physical exam, gather a medical history, perform osteopathic manipulation techniques, and practicing giving case presentations.
Through their efforts in the clinic, PNWU students are able to work towards increasing the health and wellness of the members of their community that need it the most as well as become more adept and aware of the complexities of working with a disadvantaged minority population that can only speak limited English. 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.