Student Outreach Clinic
Who are we?
The Student Outreach Clinic provides free medical care and referral services to the uninsured and underinsured, while providing valuable, hands-on clinical experiences to medical students. Each year, more than 700 patients receive medical care at the SOC.
Since its establishment in 1996, the SOC has been led by medical students and overseen by licensed volunteer physicians. Additional volunteers, including social work and pre-med students, are integral to the clinic’s overall success. Bilingual community volunteers and students majoring in Spanish serve as translators.
The clinic strives to close the health care gap in our community by coordinating a wide variety of services, including general and acute medical care, gynecological exams, immunizations, physical examinations and discounted laboratory tests. The SOC also provides diabetes counseling, referrals to local providers, health screenings and interventions, and substance abuse support groups.
How your gift will help.
Your financial support will help to continue and expand the Student Outreach Clinic’s mission – serving uninsured and underserved northern Nevadans – while providing invaluable training and clinical exposure to medical students as they develop the skills needed to become successful, compassionate physicians.
Monthly clinics include:
General/Comprehensive Clinic: Services cover a myriad of issues – from checkups and prescription refills to laboratory tests, minor procedures and nutrition counseling.
Women’s Clinic: Primary care services include pap smears, breast exams, STD counseling, pregnancy tests and physical exams for gynecological and non-gynecological concerns.
Pediatric Clinic: Typically serving a patient population under 18 years of age, services include immunizations, school sports physicals, sick child visits, well child checks, nutrition counseling and other pediatric-specific issues.
DIME: Offered during every SOC clinic, Diabetes Improvement through Management and Education (DIME) provides diabetes-specific medication, care and education to new and returning SOC patients. At least four DIME-trained students are present at each clinic to provide quality care.
Specialty clinics include:
Geriatric: Beyond the services offered during monthly clinics, geriatric clinics provide social services and nutrition counseling to patients 55 and older.
Dermatology: Quality care and medical service for patients with skin-related issues include biopsies, cryotherapy, surgical excisions and drainage.
Influenza Vaccination Clinic: Services include free influenza vaccines for adults and children, as well as diabetes and hypertension education.
Why We Volunteer: Physician and Student Testimonials
“The SOC has completely changed my path in my medical career, primarily because of the influence the preceptors have had on my education. Never would I have thought that I would hope to work with children one day, but due to the knowledge and experience passed down by doctors at the clinic, I found that the pediatric population is the place for me. I owe so much to the providers who donate their time and expertise to helping medical students by not only teaching us appropriate ways to treat patients, but also by impacting our future medical career paths.” -Megan Mosca, medical student, Class of 2021
“I have been part of the SOC as a medical student and now as a preceptor. I volunteered as a student through all four years of my medical education and as a preceptor over the last three years while completing my residency training in family medicine. The SOC has been an important part of my training as a doctor, but more importantly has allowed me to help a population of patients who otherwise would not have received care. I am excited to attend each clinic and leave knowing I have made a positive impact on the students I precept as well as the patients we care for. I have already thought about how I can continue to be involved with the clinic as I finish residency training. I look forward to serving the students and patients for many more years to come.” - Aaron Dieringer, M.D. ’15, chief resident, Family and Community Medicine
“The SOC has been extremely valuable to my medical education. It gives medical students a chance to experience real clinical situations and allows us to work on our history taking and physical exam skills. It was a key reason in my decision to attend the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. It is something I believe the entire school prides itself on, and we put in a lot of effort to make it the best it can be. I feel that when a patient comes to the SOC they get very thorough care, because as students, we get to spend a lot of time with them. The SOC has helped me be so much more confident in my interactions with patients and will continue to be an experience I cherish for years to come.”-Connor Talbott, medical student, Class of 2021
We sincerely thank you for your consideration.