UM medical students, doctors to give health screenings in Little Haiti

Last year, more than 1,500 patients were screened.

10/23/2012 1:24 PM

10/23/2012 2:17 PM

The University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine will sponsor a free health screening clinic in Little Haiti with the help of volunteer medical students and physicians.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Center for Haitian Studies, 8260 NE Second Ave.

The medical school’s Department of Community Service, DOCS, organized the event to help provide health screenings and treatment for underserved populations in the community.

Patients that attend the event will be screened for major diseases and medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and vision loss.

More than 250 medical students and 50 physicians will participate. They also will conduct screenings for breast, cervical, and skin cancers.

Those found to be at risk for certain conditions will be referred to local clinics that accept uninsured patients.

“We don’t just drop off the patient anywhere,” said Alain Marcelin, a student at the Miller School of Medicine and a spokesman for DOCS. “We believe in the continuity of health care and will ensure it for them.”

DOCS is a student-run, non-profit organization that holds eight health fairs annually in lower-income communities.

“Our screenings are a great way to show that we care,” said Marcelin. “It’s our chance to reach out to the community.”

Waiting lines for patients will be set up the night before.

People attending the screenings are encouraged to get to the site early as screening is based on a first come, first served basis.

Last year, volunteers were able to serve over 1,500 patients.

“UM has created a large presence for itself in helping the community, so our goal this year is to help even more patients than last year,” said Marcelin.

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