MEDiC is a student-run program of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Health professions students and volunteer clinicians offer free health care to underserved populations at six clinics. The program provides a unique opportunity for students to work interprofessionally with peers from other health professions education programs, integrating medical, pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy, and physician assistant students.
Through MEDiC, student volunteers put their knowledge and skills into practice, faculty engage in a unique and rewarding teaching experience, and individuals without access to health care receive free services.
MEDiC's first clinic at Grace men's shelter opened in 1991. Since then, the program has continued to grow through the dedication of students, physician volunteers, administrative support and community partners.
In January 2010, MEDiC officially became a recognized program of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Fulfilling the Wisconsin Idea
More than 100 years ago, the phrase "Wisconsin Idea" was born to express our state's collective values and UW-Madison's unique commitment to collaborate with the people of Wisconsin, sharing knowledge and resources in order to improve lives everywhere.
Clinicians and health professions students work together with community partners to bring the Wisconsin Idea to life and to influence people's lives beyond the classroom.
Interdisciplinary health care in action
The spirit of the integrated School of Medicine and Public Health is reflected in MEDiC's interprofessional work. Students from the Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Nursing and MD programs are represented on MEDiC Council and volunteer in its clinics.
During MEDiC clinics, students form interprofessional teams, encouraging the exchange of information and the appreciation of students' varied skill sets. MEDiC provides a unique, authentic interprofessional learning opportunity for students early in their education, laying a foundation they will continue to build upon throughout their careers.
UW School of Medicine and Public Health
Students from each phase of the MD Program volunteer at clinics and put their knowledge and skills into practice by providing care to underserved populations. Phase 1 medical students serve on the MEDiC Council by coordinating clinics, drugs and supplies, as well as providing community resources, data collection and logistical support for the program.
Phase 2 and 3 medical student volunteers often return to clinic in both a teaching and learning capacity.
Physician Assistant Program
Physician assistant students bring a unique set of skills to the MEDiC Clinics when they volunteer, including advanced clinical training.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Physical therapy services are offered monthly at the Southside Clinic, and physical therapy students volunteer at all MEDiC Clinics.
School of Pharmacy
Pharmacy students work alongside students from other disciplines to achieve a common goal of providing patient care to those who otherwise might go without. Using their pharmaceutical expertise, pharmacy students are called on to provide patient education as well as to suggest cost-effective therapeutic options.
Pharmacy students in the MEDiC Council serve as the drug and supply coordinators and are responsible for all clinic formularies.
School of Nursing
Nursing students work as part of ithe interprofessional teams to plan care and identify community resources for patients.