The Student Run Homeless Clinic (SRHC) was started in 1990 by the Department of Family Medicine at UCLA to provide free medical care to people who are homeless and underserved. Over 40 student-run clinics per year are supervised by licensed UCLA faculty and community physicians. The SRHC serves over 600 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 and the Mobile Clinic Project (MCP) are sister organizations whose primary focus is to provide free health care to underserved and homeless populations of Los Angeles County. They provide an excellent firsthand experience in community-based primary care and a rich learning environment for students. There are, however, a few differences between the two organizations. First, MCP is primary supported be the UCLA Department of Public Health and the UCLA undergraduate community, whereas SRHC falls under the umbrella of the UCLA Department of Family Medicine. Second, the UCLA undergraduate community is a vital component to MCP activities. Undergraduates provide assistance with fundraising/grant writing, procuring supplies, organizing the Mobile Clinic truck, and serving as client case workers. On the other hand, SRHC is organized entirely by medical students. The experience is comparable to that of a third or fouth year ambulatory clerkship. As a result, SRHC students may receive course credit towards their medical degree by enrolling in an approved SRHC (s)elective.