GU Collaboration With Community Partners Creates Educational Opportunity for Nursing and Medical Assistant Students
June 28th, 2019
GUMC faculty, students, and staff contribute to the university’s mission of serving the common good through various efforts — locally, nationally and internationally.
Faculty, staff and students volunteer their time and skills to provide a range of health services — including medical care, health education and advocacy, and testing and evaluation — to underserved residents of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and around the world.
The Georgetown University Health Justice Alliance is a medical-legal partnership launched by Georgetown’s Law and Medical Centers in 2016 to prepare future generations of lawyers, doctors, nurses and other health professionals to work together to help promote health and well-being of vulnerable individuals and families in order to prevent legal crises that could have health effects and contribute to health disparities. Georgetown brings a commitment from both its law center and medical center to provide specialized education, practical experience and innovative solutions in pursuit of improved health and greater justice for the underserved. The Health Justice Alliance is co-directed by Georgetown Law Professor Vicki Girard and Visiting Associate Professor Yael Cannon. Georgetown School of Medicine’s Associate Dean for Community Education and Advocacy Dr. Eileen Moore serves as medical director.
Georgetown University School of Medicine students run an asylum clinic to provide essential medical and social services to refugees and asylum seekers in the Washington, D.C., area. The work is supported by the school’s chapter of Physicians for Human Rights, a student-driven organization committed to survivors of human rights abuses and combating systemic injustice.
The HOYA Clinic is a student-driven free clinic in Washington, D.C. It is managed by Georgetown University School of Medicine students and caters to the health needs of D.C.’s homeless and uninsured.
The School of Nursing & Health Studies and Mary’s Center, a community health center founded by Georgetown Bachelor of Science in Nursing alumna Maria Gomez, collaborate on a variety of efforts. Among these is NHS’s ongoing work with the center to educate a medical assistant workforce. Students, faculty and staff have been involved in direct service, research and experiential learning activities at the center. Additionally, Gomez serves as a visiting distinguished professor at NHS.
Georgetown University School of Medicine requires each student to complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service prior to graduation. This requirement can be fulfilled in a number of ways. Each year, incoming medical students participate in the School of Medicine’s Day of Service. Another popular service event is the annual fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which supports pediatric cancer research.
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