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Student Run Homeless Clinic

Doctors talking with a patient at a clinic.

The Student Run Homeless Clinic (SRHC) was started in 1990 by the Department of Family Medicine at UCLA to provide free health care to the underserved and homeless populations of Los Angeles County. Over 40 student-run clinics per year are supervised by licensed UCLA faculty and community physicians. The SRHC serves over 500 patients per year at our various clinical sites, including the Santa Monica Shelter-Samoshel, since 1994 and most recently, the Winter Shelters in partnership with EIMAGO, a subsidiary of the Union Rescue Mission.

Our services include preventive health, screening physical exams, urgent care, chronic disease management, wound and foot care, immunizations, and referrals. In addition to medical care, the SRHC is working to expand our services to the communities we serve. Most recently, we have initiated a mental health/psych component and currently in the development of a smoking cessation program for our patients. We are also exploring ways to expand our services to the homeless population of neighboring Westwood Village.

SRHC provides an excellent firsthand experience in community-based primary care and a rich learning environment for students. The organization is entirely run by medical students and the experience is comparable to that of any third or fourth year ambulatory clerkship. As a result, SRHC students may receive course credit towards their medical degree by enrolling in an approved SRHC (s)elective.