Free Health Clinic Offered By UM Med Students Destroyed By Fire
PINCKNEY (WWJ) – A free clinic offered by University of Michigan medical students needs a new home after it was destroyed early Monday morning by a fire.
Kara Gavin at the U of M says med students were seeing uninsured patients on Saturdays at the Pinckney clinic … but that will have to be canceled this week.
“From what I can tell we have lost no records, our computers are not there and records with the patients we’ve seen were all digital so we are able to continue to see patients and I understand that the Faith Clinic did recover the paper records that were on the site,” said Gavin. “Supplies were certainly lost but those can be replaced – thankfully no one was injured.”
Gavin said the clinic is just as important for the students as the patients.
“This is actually the only chance they get to interact with the patients because they are still in the classroom – learning the first stages of being a doctor,” she said. “So this involved in something so valuable for education for their understanding of how health care actually works.”
The Faith Medical Clinic was housed at a storefront on Howell Street. The cause of the fire is under investigation.