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FEATURE

Learning and Giving Back
TO THE COMMUNITY AT HEARTS CLINIC
BY EMILY DU, Medical Student,
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

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aturday isn't usually a day when you would expect a middle school to be busy, but one
Saturday every month, Broughal Middle School in Bethlehem's Southside neighborhood
bustles-not with middle school students, but with medical students. They run a monthly,
free health clinic called Health Education, Advocacy, and Resources at Temple/St. Luke's,
or "HEARTS," based out of Broughal's Family Center. At HEARTS Clinic, medical students
assume the role of the physician, gathering histories from patients and performing physical exams.
They then offer an assessment and plan for their patient to St. Luke's Family Medicine residents
and attending physicians, who provide feedback, modify components of the students' plan, and
jointly see the patient with the student. Lehigh University undergraduate students, in a program
called "HEARTS Link," act as care coordinators for patients. They uncover the potential barriers
to care for the patients of HEARTS, such as lack of housing, a job, or food security. HEARTS
Link students also follow up with patients throughout the month in between clinic days, calling
patients to ask whether they filled their prescription or went for a referral, and if not, then the
reason why. Indeed, half of patients who attend HEARTS Clinic are uninsured, 35% of whom
are ineligible for health insurance, and 62% are unemployed.

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