Important update: We care about you and your health! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MEDiC clinics that are open are now appointment-only. If you have already had your appointment and have follow-up questions, please call 608-265-4972, option 1. If you need non-emergent medical care or would like a medication refill, please schedule an appointment for a telehealth or in person visit by leaving a voicemail at 608-265-4972, option 2. If you think you may have COVID-19, call your local urgent care clinic. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.

Actualización importante: ¡Nos preocupamos por usted y por su salud! Debido a la pandemia del COVID-19 las clínicas de MEDiC que están abiertas son ahora solo con cita previa. Si usted ya tuvo su cita y tiene alguna pregunta de seguimiento, por favor llame al 608-265-4972, opción 1. Si usted requiere de atención médica que no sea emergencia o desea reabastecer sus medicamentos, por favor programe una cita de telesalud o una cita en persona dejando un mensaje de voz en el 608-265-4972, opción 2. Si usted piensa que podría tener COVID-19, llame a su clínica local de cuidados urgentes. Si tiene una emergencia médica, llame al 911.

Since opening the first MEDiC clinic in 1991, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has partnered with various community organizations to expand health care access among underserved populations. MEDiC currently operates six clinics at various partner-affiliated locations throughout Madison. 

These clinics provide a variety of services, including general medical care, physical therapy, dentistry and mental health care. Patients at MEDiC clinics are seen by students enrolled in UW-Madison's various health professional programs, who work in concert with volunteer clinicians.

COVID-19 information for patients

COVID-19 vaccine information for patients

Clinic locations

Other initiatives hosted in MEDiC clinics


More Smiles Wisconsin

More Smiles Wisconsin began in 2009 as the Salvation Army Dental Clinic.

It was founded by Lisa Bell, then-state public health dental hygienist, and Drs. Matthew Kutz and Laura Tills, in order to help meet the oral health needs of residents of the Salvation Army homeless shelter. The clinic was established with a grant for set-up costs and equipment and expanded with grants from Delta Dental, the UW-Madison Morgridge Center for Public Service and Heartland Credit Union.

In 2010, More Smiles Wisconsin was established to help ensure the sustainability of this clinic.

MEDiC's collaboration with More Smiles Wisconsin provides student volunteers greater experience dealing with oral health, a topic often touched upon only briefly in the students' respective health professions school. Student roles range from intake and patient history to observing dental procedures and supporting patients throughout their visit.

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Michele Tracy Preventive Health Clinic

The Michele Tracy Preventive Health Clinic began as a collection of preventive health clinics designed to benefit the residents of the Porchlight Inc. community.

Porchlight maintains 102 transitional housing units for low-income adults at reduced rates. Many of the residents are either currently or have been previously affected by alcohol and other drug abuse, and a portion of Porchlight residents also suffer from mental and physical health problems.

Lack of education about proper health care and deficiency in self-advocacy skills has made this population more susceptible to illness and poor health care maintenance. In response to this situation, the Michele Tracy Project began to provide educational and emotional support for residents so they might someday assume a stronger role in meeting their individual health care needs.

In late 1999, the project was formally adopted as a MEDiC clinic. It was given the name "Michele Tracy Project" after Michele Tracy, a member of the UW Medical School Class of 2002, was tragically killed during an outreach trip to Africa. The project received a grant to assist in coordination of the clinic, as well as provide funds for various health care supplies needed by the residents.

The following topics are among those that have been addressed at clinic:

  • Medications
  • HIV
  • Flu and respiratory health
  • First aid
  • Men's/women's/sexual health
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Vision and hearing screenings
  • Dental health
  • Summer health

The Michele Tracy Project differs from other MEDiC clinics in that it does not provide acute care. The project focuses on prevention and education for residents of Porchlight. MEDiC students give talks and support to the residents of Porchlight.

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MEDiC Mental Health Clinic

MEDiC Mental Health Clinic operates, as of July 2018, two Saturday mornings per month at the Beacon, a day resource center for homeless individuals, located at 615 E. Washington Ave. The clinic is run by medical students and staffed by volunteer psychiatrists and residents.

MEDiC's free volunteer psychiatric clinic started in August 1996 at Porchlight's Safe Haven shelter, under the guidance of Ron Diamond, MD.

Typical conditions encountered include:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Anxiety disorders

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Salvation Army Clinic

The second MEDiC clinic opened in 1991 under the direction of Murray Katcher, MD, PhD, at the Salvation Army family and women's shelter. It serves homeless families and single women who reside at the shelter.

The Salvation Army has provided a homeless shelter for the city of Madison since the early 1980s. Housing is for homeless single women and families.

The Tuesday night MEDiC clinic has been invaluable for treating acute illness, as well as helping patients to become established within the Madison medical community.

Salvation Army Clinic provides Reach Out and Read services to patients to encourage children's language and literacy. Volunteers read to children during clinic and give a book to each child seen.

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Southside Clinic

Southside is one of the clinics run by MEDiC. MEDiC is the organization of student-run free clinics from the University of Wisconsin. Southside was established in 1992 and operated in a walk-in capacity in the South of Madison until COVID caused us to close in March 2020. We are now reopening in person, and plan to reopen slowly and institute changes in collaboration with community partners. Though our clinics are run by students, every clinic and student volunteer is closely supervised by licensed professional healthcare providers.

As of spring 2021, Southside Clinic operates out of 1102 S. Park St., 2nd floor. The clinic is by appointment only. Southside now provides urgent-care scheduled medical appointments, over the phone and in person, on Saturday mornings. Some phone only appointments are available on Tuesday evenings as well. Every appointment needs to be scheduled in advance at this time, but we are happy to find a time that works best for your schedule.

Our main goal is to connect patients to the care they need in the community, whether that be a more permanent primary care home (a regular doctor who can get to know you and help you over time) or other resources. Therefore, if you already have a primary care provider, it is best to see that provider for any health care concerns. We can help people who already have a doctor in the community to connect back with their primary care provider.

If you have chronic conditions or are over 65 and don’t have a primary care provider, we can evaluate you to see if we might be able to help you get established with one of our primary care partners in Madison.

Care at Southside is available for uninsured or underinsured adults at no cost to the patient, regardless of documentation status or language spoken. The care we refer people to in the community often has processes where people pay different amounts based on their income. We can talk more about these options and possible costs before we refer you anywhere.

To learn more and make an appointment, please call 608-265-4972 ext. 2 and leave a message in English or Spanish with your name, a best number to reach you, if there is any best time or day to call, and what we can help you with. We will call you back within one week. We look forward to helping however we can.

La clínica de Southside

Southside es una clínica organizada por MEDiC. MEDiC es la organización de clínicas gratuitas organizadas por estudiantes de la Universidad de Wisconsin. Southside se estableció en 1992 en el sur de Madison y éramos una clínica donde los pacientes podían venir sin una cita hasta que COVID nos causó que cerráramos en marzo 2020. Ahora abriremos de nuevo y planeamos empezar lentamente, haciendo cambios con el apoyo de varias organizaciones comunitarias. Aunque la clínica es manejada por estudiantes, cada clínica y sus estudiantes voluntarios son supervisados por un profesional de la salud con licencia para ejercer medicina.

A partir de la primavera de 2021, Southside Clinic opera en 1102 S. Park St., segundo piso. Southside ahora provee citas los sábados por la mañana para visitas de problemas semi urgentes, ya sea por teléfono o en persona. También hay algunas citas telefónicas los martes por la tarde. Cada visita requiere una cita previa. Nos encantará ayudarle a hacer una cita que sirva sus necesidades.

Nuestra meta principal es conectar a nuestros pacientes con la atención médica que necesitan, ya sea como con un lugar permanente de atención primaria y con personal de salud de cabecera o con otros recursos. Pero si usted ya tiene una clínica y un profesional de salud de cabecera, es mejor buscar ayuda con ellos. Si es necesario nosotros podemos ayudarle para reconectarse con ellos.

Si usted tiene condiciones crónicas de salud o tiene más que 65 años y no tiene una clínica primaria y/o un proveedor de salud de cabecera, nosotros podemos hacerle una evaluación para ver si podemos ayudarle a establecerse como paciente en una de las clínicas de cuidados primarios en Madison.

Los servicios de la clínica de Southside son gratuitos y son disponibles para pacientes sin seguro médico o sin seguro suficiente para cubrir sus necesidades médicas, independientemente de su estado legal o de su idioma. Los servicios de referencia para tener una clínica primaria tienen un costo de acuerdo con sus ingresos. Podemos discutir más sobre estas opciones y los costos posibles antes de conectarlo a otra clínica u otros servicios.

Para aprender más o para hacer una cita, por favor llámenos al 608-265-4972 extensión número 2 y deje un mensaje en inglés o en español con su nombre, su número telefónico, si hay una hora mejor para regresarle la llamada y díganos con que le podemos ayudar. Le llamaremos a más tardar dentro de una semana. Estaremos felices de poder ayudarle de cualquier manera posible

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Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read is a national program that supports children's language and literacy development.

Reach Out and Read's three main components

MEDiC students advise parents on the importance of reading aloud to young children, including age-appropriate strategies for enjoying books with infants and toddlers.

Children receive a free book in the waiting area or the exam room from a MEDiC volunteer and the volunteers also read aloud to children, modeling the behavior for parents.

Reach Out and Read volunteers strive to provide a positive reading experience for the children and model reading aloud for parents. Some parents may have never seen good reading aloud techniques themselves.

Volunteer readers are often the first face of Reach Out and Read that parents and children see when they arrive for their visit. By listening to stories, children learn that they enjoy books and that being read to is a treat - a message that should be reinforced in the medical visit.

By watching volunteer readers with children, parents can learn how reading aloud works and see how their child enjoys the experience. The goal is for the parent to repeat the activity at home.

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