Cincinnati—About 21 medical students from the University of
Cincinnati College of Medicine are spending their summer working with
medical underserved residents from the area in a special student-run
program called the Urban Health Project.
The Urban Health Project
hires second-year medical students to work 40 hours a week for eight
weeks as interns at 19 nonprofit agencies around the area. Job
assignments range from providing medical care to homeless individuals,
assisting in the OB/GYN departments at Bethesda and University
Hospital, and performing social work duties at a battered women's
shelter. The agencies receive the intern free of charge. The student's
salaries are paid by donations to the project.
enables medical students to experience the art of medicine while also
giving back to the community," says Allison Howell, second-year medical
school students and director of the Urban Health Project. "Students are
exposed to many different underserved patient populations and can see
firsthand what these people are going through. These opportunities will
help students later in life as they become physicians who treat these
Second-year medical school student Jason Valent is
spending his summer interning on the Homeless Health Care Van. "I've
learned that people 's health care belief systems are different, " says
Valent. "While some people may strictly follow their doctor 's orders,
others may not. Physicians have to listen their patients and try new
treatment options that fit the patient 's lifestyles. "