Medical Clinic Internships
Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic is located in Beersheba Springs, TN (approx. 45m from Sewanee) and is a not-for-profit clinic that has served over 1000 people since it opened in 2010. Their mission is “to provide comprehensive ambulatory medical services for the community including Diagnosis and treatment of acute episodic illness." Services include "on-going supervision of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and depression; minor wound management; stabilizing more serious injury patients, and arranging appropriate hospital and or specialist referral; prenatal care, well-child care, school physicals, and family planning; and health education including nutrition counseling, weight control and smoking cessation.” Sewanee interns work directly with clinic staff to take patient histories and vitals, while also shadowing nurses and physicians. Interns will help with patient files and medicines and may be asked to speak with patients for follow-up care.
Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) of Southern Tennessee is a national nonprofit dedicated to building a network of sustainable free primary healthcare clinics for the uninsured in local communities. The VIM clinic is in Winchester, TN (20 mins from Sewanee). Their mission is “to promote and guide the development of a national network of free clinics emphasizing the use of retired medical and community volunteers within a culture of caring to improve access to health care for America’s underserved, particularly the uninsured.” Sewanee intern volunteers work directly with clinic staff to take patient histories and vitals, while also shadowing nurses and physicians. Interns will help with patient files and medicines and may be asked to speak with patients for follow-up care.
The Partners for Healing medical clinic was established in 2001 to provide free primary healthcare to a population of low income, working uninsured. Started by area community leaders and located in Tullahoma, TN (approx. 45m from Sewanee), the clinic was initiated to improve access to healthcare. Their mission is “to open our hearts and hands in love and understanding by providing compassionate health care and nurturing to the working uninsured of Coffee, Franklin, and Moore counties”. Sewanee intern volunteers work directly with clinic staff to take patient histories and vitals, while also shadowing. Interns will also work to help the clinic locate patients that might be eligible for care and to research about grants and ways to help support the clinic. Diabetes Educators might also be able to work on a cooking class and diabetes education program with patients. We are also hoping to establish a Spanish clinic day to help families by providing translators.