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Our Procedure

At the Student-Run Free Clinic

When patients walk into the Student-Run Free Clinic of Case Western Reserve University, their experience might be a little bit different from those they have had in other medical facilities. Review our common procedure below for a better idea of what to expect.

First, an overview.

  1. Patients are triaged for their acute-care complaint.
  2. They meet their “case manager"—a student who will take their vitals, review their intake forms and orient them to the unique aspects of a student-run clinic. 
  3. The case manager will then show patients to their exams room for medical evaluation.


More than just a checkup.

  1. Patients will meet with a social work student or “patient advocate,” who will assist them in signing up for health insurance or refer them to outside community resources.
  2. They will also meet their “student assessment team”—a pair of students who will work to understand the patient’s history and chief complaint before carrying out a focused physical exam. The assessment team is composed of a junior clinician (a first- or second-year medical or nursing student) and a senior clinician (a third- or fourth-year medical or nursing student). 
  3. The assessment team will then report their findings to their preceptor—an attending physician or nurse practitioner—who will then return with the assessment team to confirm these findings and present the patient with a plan for treatment and further care.
  4. Before leaving, each patient will have the chance to once again see the case manager to discuss any social health issues that may have come up while in the examination room.

In the Community

The Student-Run Free Clinic is also engaged locally through our outreach branch. Explore these links to learn about some of the fundraising events we've done:

Other examples of recent outreach projects include:

  • Cardiovascular health screening events at local senior centers,
  • Volunteer foot care services at a downtown homeless shelter and 
  • Adolescent health education events at local community centers.