Cass Clinic

Welcome

Cass Clinic is a student-run free clinic that provides healthcare to individuals and families in the Detroit area. We operate every Saturday from 9:00 am – 11:30 am and every Wednesday from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. We are staffed by Wayne State University medical student volunteers and an attending physician.

Saturday Info

3745 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Saturdays: 9 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday Info

11745 Rosa Parks Blvd, Detroit, MI

Wednesdays: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

About

A student-run free health clinic serving Detroit

Cass Clinic is a free clinic dedicated to fulfilling the healthcare needs of the underserved population in Detroit by providing community members with free, quality medical care and prescription medications.

On Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings, Wayne State University School of Medicine student volunteers help provide these services alongside attending physician Dr. Costea. The Cass Student Health Clinic Program is an opportunity for WSU medical students to gain first-hand experience with patient care under the guidance of an attending physician, and is sponsored by the Aesculapians. The Cass Clinic is organized and operated by seven medical student coordinators each year.

We also host Sight Savers, a student-run ophthalmology group that provides free eye exams, and Food Medicine, a student-run nutrition group. Inquire with Cass Coordinators about their next availability.

  • PHYSICAL EXAMS
  • DISEASE PREVENTION & SCREENING
  • PATIENT EDUCATION
  • MEDICATION REFILLS

Volunteer

Sign-Up and Schedule

Please read our scheduling and policies sections before signing up!

This month's sign-up and schedule can be found at: http://signup.com/go/3m1r7c

 

Scheduling

Volunteer Scheduling

  • Physicians, Residents, Medical students, Nursing students, Physician Assistant students, other health professional students, and undergraduate students of any institution may sign up to volunteer.
  • A sign-up form will be posted online near the end of each month, at least one week ahead of the first Saturday of the next month. If you are an undergraduate, masters, or first or second year medical student, you may sign up for one shift per month, and you must sign up and be scheduled before coming in. Physicians and medical students in their 3rd year or above may walk in, but are encouraged to sign up to create a balanced schedule each week. The new schedule for a month will be posted the Thursday before the first Saturday of that month.
  • If you can’t make a shift you signed up for, please notify Virginia Larsen (vlarsen@med.wayne.edu) by the Wednesday before you are to volunteer (for Saturdays) or the Sunday before you are to volunteer (for Wednesdays). 
  • Volunteers who don’t show up on their assigned Saturday and who don’t notify the coordinator about the cancellation of their commitment by the Wednesday of that week will lose the privilege of signing up to volunteer in the following month. If this behavior becomes consistent, you will not be scheduled in the future.
  • Feel free to email Virginia Larsen (vlarsen@med.wayne.edu), the scheduling coordinator, if you have any questions or concerns!

Policies

General information for ALL volunteers

  • ALL (new and returning) volunteers are to arrive no later than 9:00 AM on Saturday or 4:30 PM on Wednesday.
  • Please dress casually! We strive to create an environment in which patients feel comfortable. Dress appropriately, with no clothing with frayed edges, tears, or holes in it, no shorts, and no sandals, but also no white coats please. A t-shirt and jeans would be great.
  • Always act in a professional manner toward patients, staff, attending physicians, and other students.
  • ALL volunteers (even if not in the Co-curricular program) must sign in. Co-curricular volunteers will NOT be awarded credit unless they sign in.
  • Volunteers who don’t show up on their assigned Saturday and who don’t notify the coordinator about the cancellation of their commitment by the Wednesday before will lose the privilege of signing up to volunteer in the following month.

Procedure in clinic

  • Every patient visit must be documented by a SOAP note in the format specified by “SOAP Note Instructions” posted on each table in the clinic. Your SOAP notes may be audited by a coordinator with any discrepancies brought to your attention.
  • Remember to sign and date every SOAP note.
  • Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, and clean any equipment used (stethoscope, etc.) with an alcohol swab, before and after each patient.
  •  If your patient needs his/her blood glucose, HbA1c, or cholesterol checked, see a coordinator.
  • Smoking cessation and other healthy living brochures will be available at clinic to counsel patients.
  • Resource cards with information about local places that provide services (dental, vision, mental health) not offered at Cass Clinic will be available in case a patient inquires or would benefit from these.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask the coordinators questions or voice concerns!

Safety

  • Do not transport patients in your vehicle under ANY circumstance.
  • If any kind of injury occurs to you while volunteering at Cass Clinic, notify a coordinator immediately. If injury is caused by a patient, don’t let the patient leave.
  • If a patient discloses that they have any blood-borne diseases, notify the attending physician. If the patient is HIV+ or has AIDS, do not write it down in their medical record due to legal liability issues. With other blood-borne diseases, make a note in the past medical history.
  • If you plan on driving to the clinic, please be familiar with the WSU Auto Crime Prevention Tips. You may park your car in the Cass Clinic parking lot (located next to clinics).

Donate

Cass Clinic is a free medical clinic established for the medically underserved in the city of Detroit. It is run by Dr. George Costea and medical student volunteers from Wayne State University School of Medicine, and operates almost exclusively on donations. We would love to have your help!

We accept most medications, and prescription diabetes and hypertension medications are in high demand. General antibiotics, over-the-counter analgesics, antacids, anti-histamines, etc. are needed. In the fall and winter months, over-the-counter cold remedies, lip balm, foot powder, hats, socks and gloves are much appreciated. The clinic can also use donated blood pressures cuffs, pen lights, otoscopes, and other physical diagnosis supplies.

In addition to helping our patients with their medical needs, we like to provide them with sanitary kits. You can help by donating soap, shampoo, lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine care products, deodorant, razors, tissues (preferable in travel/sample size).

If you are interested in supporting Cass Clinic, please contact Firas Askar at faskar@wayne.edu.

On behalf of all us at Cass Clinic, we thank you very much for your interest in supporting us!

Sincerely,

Your Cass Clinic Coordinators

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