Free clinics offered for uninsured Northern Nevadans

RENO, NV (KOLO) - People in Northern Nevada who are uninsured, under-insured, or without Social Security numbers can receive free medical care at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Student Outreach Clinics. UNR Med offers the free clinics to assist the region's medically uninsured with needed services.

"It allows an avenue for patients who can't get their care to come and see us and so I think it's really cool," Dan Spogen, Medical Director and Physician at the Student Outreach Clinics said.

The free clinics offer a variety of services, including flu shots, pap smears, pregnancy tests, gynecological exams, blood pressure monitoring, vasectomy, and general physicals. They also offer pediatric services such as Head Start physicals, sick visits and immunizations for children. Dental and optometry services are not provided.

"We care about our community and those who are uninsured and they really have nowhere to go," Gisele Braga, Community Relations Officer and medical student for the Student Outreach Clinics, said. "This is a safe place for them to come. We don't ask any documentation, any proof of anything, they only thing we ask is that you show up and we'll take care of them."

Patients are seen on a first-come, first-serve basis and must sign in by 10 a.m. for Saturday clinics and 7:30 p.m. for Tuesday clinics. No appointments are necessary and Spanish translators are available at all clinics.

Clinics are held at UNR Med's Family Medicine Center on the University of Nevada, Reno campus at 123 17th Street in Reno. The clinics are run entirely on the medical students' schedule; therefore sessions are scheduled two months at a time.

The clinics allow UNR medical students to get hands-on experience while helping the community. Licensed faculty and clinical community physicians supervise the medical students and the care patients receive.

"Our faculty that are involved here do it out of the goodness of their heart, as do I," Spogen said. "These are patients that are not able to get care otherwise, and to give back to the community like that is really special for me."

The following clinics are available:

GENERAL AND CHILDREN'S CLINICS:
Tuesday, May 21 - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 22 - 8 a.m. to noon

WOMEN'S CLINICS:
Saturday, May 18 - 8 a.m. to noon
Saturday, June 8 - 8 a.m. to noon

GERIATRIC (55+) AND DERMATOLOGY CLINICS:
No more scheduled in May and June

Staff at the Student Outreach Clinics ask that patients arrive to Saturday clinics no later than 10 a.m., and Tuesday clinics no later than 7:30 p.m.

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