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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 10/17/02
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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UC Academic Health Students Volunteer to Help Homeless

Cincinnati--MEDVOUC (Medical Volunteers of the University of Cincinnati) is a service organization that offers basic medical services to clients at two homeless shelters in the Cincinnati area: the Drop-In Center and a YWCA women's shelter. Led by second year medical students, the volunteers in groups of six visit these locations several times a year.

Aletha Tippett, MD, a community physician in Family Medicine, directs the University of Cincinnati (UC) medical volunteers at the Drop-Inn Center; and Therese Zink, MD, an assistant professor of clinical medicine with the Family Medicine Department, directs the volunteers at the women's shelter.

During the month of September, approximately 120 first-year students were trained in skills such as how to administer a flu shot and/or a tuberculosis test, perform basic glucose measurements and accurately measure blood pressure. Introductory aspects of the medical history taking skills were also practiced prior to visiting the shelters.

Training for the MEDVOUC program was conducted at the Clinical Skills Laboratory in the College of Medicine. Gail Heimburger, director of the Clinical Skills Lab; Rose Tempel, nurse practitioner for the University Health Service; and Brooks Keeshin, president of the local MEDVOC organization conducted the training workshops.

MEDVOUC provides a way for participating UC medical students to learn basic medical skills in a practical way, to interact with people from a variety of backgrounds and to look beyond the science of medicine to see those to whom they can be of service.

The 2002-2003 MEDVOUC officers include: Jen Acciani, Shana Alexander, Brandon Cole, Mark Dziedzic, Brooks Keeshin, Hari Kumar, Matt Mayer, Sarah Richards, Andy Robie, Jeff Strawn, Mara Tomaszewski, Joe Wise, Roger Wooden and Emily Zajano. For more information about this group of UC medical volunteers, contact Brooks Keeshin at Keeshibr@ucmail.uc.edu



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