Students Bring 'H.O.P.E.' to Duluth
Medical and Pharmacy students at the Univeristy of Minnesota- Duluth are getting hands on experience by running a free clinic.
The "Health of People Everywhere" clinic, also known as 'H.O.P.E.' is a student run clinic located in the Chum center in downtown Duluth.
"The majority of our patients are actually CHUM resident, but we aim to serve under and uninsured patients in the Duluth area," said second year pharmacy student and H.O.P.E. employee Abby Steele.
The students work at the clininc for a semester and earn credits. But they say the hands on learning is what makes it worth while.
"It gives you real life experiences you can't get from reading a textbook or listening to lecture," Steele said. "It's been great, it's been absoluetly wonderful learning experience and I think it really suppliments what we learn in school."
First year UMD medical studetn Christopher Knapp agrees.
"Honestly if I was just a, if it was just med school I would be in my room studying all day," Knapp said.
Students treat the patients and prescribe medications. The soon-to-be doctors also refer them to insurance agencies if the patients are interested in recieving health insurance.
They also learn how to quickly identify what's wrong with a patient and how to treat it.
"Even hearing what a heart murmer sounds like or being able to say 'I think we should dispense this medication to thie patient' and being right about it," said William Vaulk, a third year pharmacy student and H.O.P.E. worker. "It's just great."
The job does come with challanges.
"There are a lot of people we can't treat right away or who's problems we cant solve easity," said Knapp. "We hope they come back or we hope that they go see another Doctor."
However, students say overall it's a win-win program.
"For me what I get is an education. Hopefully what the patients get it good care," Knapp said.