In addition to the core curriculum, residents have opportunities for involvement in several unique community service activities in our home of Charlottesville.
Charlottesville Free Clinic
The Charlottesville Free Clinic was founded in 1992 by two University of Virginia Internal Medicine residents. Many residents volunteer at this non-profit clinic that services Charlottesville and surrounding counties. It provides free care and medications to working, resource-limited patients and others who “fall through the cracks” of the health care system. Since the clinic’s inception, many Internal Medicine Residents have taken major roles in both provision of medical care and administrative functions such as medical directorship.
Serving the Charlottesville community is an outlet that unfailingly restores my enthusiasm as a clinician.
Shortly before starting my intern year at UVA, I was nervous about the challenges ahead. However, residency isn’t something to dread or fear – it offers the exciting opportunity to begin making a meaningful impact on your community. As an intern, I began volunteering one to two nights per month at the Charlottesville Free Clinic under the supervision of Dr. Mohan Nadkarni, an incredible person and mentor who co-founded the CFC as an intern back in 1992! The clinic itself provides consistent access to healthcare for underserved individuals and families, and offers a whole host of services beyond general medicine including subspecialty care, mental health resources, dental care, and on-site laboratory and pharmacy services. As a PGY-2, you will have the opportunity to see patients independent of attending supervision, which for me was an invaluable experience that built my autonomy as a physician. Today, I serve as a Medical Director of the clinic, a responsibility that includes independently reviewing laboratory/imaging studies, addressing urgent/emergent patient needs, and coordinating next steps in care. Though the CFC has enhanced my residency training beyond measure, I also have found that serving the Charlottesville community is an outlet that unfailingly restores my enthusiasm as a clinician. We hope you’ll consider joining us in providing quality care to those in need!
Evan Harmon, PGY3 and co-medical director at the Charlottesville Free Clinic
UVA Community Outreach Clinic at the Haven
“The Haven Clinic” is a resident and student-run mobile outreach clinic dedicated to caring for the unhoused population of Charlottesville. Since its founding by UVA Internal Medicine Residents in May 2018, we have provided healthcare and other essential services to hundreds of underserved patients from all walks of life. Every other Thursday, residents volunteer and congregate in a community center that serves as our clinic, to provide comprehensive healthcare for unhoused people either via scheduled or walk-in appointments. In the era of COVID-19, we have transitioned to a “virtual” clinic through which we provide weekly telemedicine visits. Alongside our exceptional medical student volunteers, we also host weekly “Health Navigation” nights to assist patients in signing up for social services and benefits, obtaining prescriptions, and navigating the complexities of our healthcare system. Each fall, we partner with the health department to provide free vaccinations and screenings for HIV and Hepatitis C, and we aim to expand our preventative care measures to age-related cancer screenings this year. We look forward to you joining our efforts next summer!
I have had a wonderful experience working at the UVA Outreach Clinic at the Haven. There, I have had the opportunity to engage with a part of the Charlottesville community I didn’t know much about before getting involved in the clinic. The Haven is a day shelter located in the downtown mall which offers a central gathering place and meals for those who are unhoused in the community. During my first year, I saw patients at the Haven in person. However, now during the COVID pandemic, our visits are conducted virtually with telemedicine. It is so rewarding spending time engaging with the community, seeing triage visits and helping connect people with much needed resources. One of the best parts has been working alongside the dedicated staff at the Haven as well as all the medical students, residents and attendings that volunteer their time to help the clinic run smoothly.
Maria Geba, PGY3 and co-medical director for IM at the UVA Community Outreach Clinic at the Haven