BUCOP In the News
Butler University Launches Clinic Pharmacy
Academic Pharmacy NOW! - American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP)
Oct/Nov/Dec 2009 Issue
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Student-Run Medical Clinic
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September 12, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS - Students
with the Indiana University School of Medicine have lots of
opportunities to volunteer in clinics around the community. But for the first time they have total control and responsibility for a free health clinic they recently opened. While
they help people in an underserved Indianapolis neighborhood they give
themselves hands-on experience earlier in their education.
Sound Medicine reporter
Sandy Roob (Host) pays a visit to the IU Student Outreach Clinic on
Indy's east side. Click the link above to listen to the interview.
Pharmacy Students Launch Community Pharmacy
August 1, 2009
to develop public health-related programs and outreach activities
across the state, pharmacy students in Butler University’s College of
Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) have partnered with Indiana
University students from the schools of medicine, dentistry and public
health to develop a student-run clinic housed in Neighborhood Fellowship
Church located on Indianapolis’ eastside. The clinic officially
launched Aug. 1.
contribution to the clinic will be the student-run pharmacy, Butler
University Community Outreach Pharmacy or BUCOP. Services provided by
the BUCOP include free medications and counseling on non-drug therapies
and chronic disease prevention.
The BUCOP will initially target
uninsured and underserved patients within the Neighborhood Fellowship
community — a community where roughly 50 percent of residents live at or
below the poverty level. The BUCOP will begin by treating only patients
with acute problems who agree to be seen and diagnosed by a member of
the IU Student Clinic.Long term plans call for further expansion of the clinic into the greater Indianapolis area.
Committee Chairman Eliza Dy said the idea of serving the health care
needs of the community was what interested her most in becoming involved
in this project.
“In a time when uninsured
populations are ever increasing, I think it is important for us to
reach out and support members of our community. I immediately saw the
potential of a pharmacy that would provide free medication and
is one of five Butler pharmacy students leading the BUCOP. Other
committee members include Tyler Trueg, Kalin Clifford, Katrina Coffey
and Annie Webster. All are in the third year of Butler’s professional
pharmacy program. COPHS Dean Mary Andritz and Assistant Professor of
Pharmacy Practice Kristal Williams serve as mentors for the program.
said because the clinic is entirely student-run it will provide a
unique learning opportunity for her fellow committee members and other
Butler pharmacy students, who will be able to experience everything from
pharmacy management to one-on-one patient counseling.
student that participates in the clinic will walk away not only
learning about different aspects of running a pharmacy but more
importantly about the different ways they can serve their community as
is actually the idea Andritz wants all of her pharmacy students to
understand. “Through our public health focus we are sensitizing students
to the needs of the medically underserved and expecting them to be
agents of change. This pharmacy is a response to the challenge to make a
difference in the lives of others.”
The BUCOP is located at 3102 E. 10th St. Hours of operation are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information on the clinic can be found at www.butleroutreachpharmacy.org or by email at email@example.com.
Contact: Courtney Tuell
Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic To Provide Free Health Care to the Uninsured
July 29, 2009
— People without health insurance will have another avenue for medical
care beginning Aug. 1 when student volunteers at the Indiana University
School of Medicine open the IU Student Outreach Clinic in a near
eastside Indianapolis neighborhood.
medical school students are collaborating with students from Butler
University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the IU School of
Medicine Department of Public Health, the IU School of Dentistry and
Clarian Health to provide free urgent care to the needy. The clinic will
operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Neighborhood Fellowship
Church, 3102 E. 10th Street. A grand opening is planned from 11 a.m.
to noon, Saturday, Aug. 1, at the church and tours of the clinic will be
clinic was the brainchild of a small group of current fourth-year
medical students working with direction from faculty advisor Javier
Sevilla, M.D., associate professor of family medicine. Organizing and
planning the opening of the clinic was an education in itself. The
students have written grants, solicited financial donations, gathered
supplies, engaged volunteer staff, and developed collaborative
relationships with the students in other health professions.
is a unique venture in the state of Indiana,” said Raymund D. Ramirez, a
fourth-year medical student who is a member of the promotions committee
for the clinic. “There are other student-run clinics in the country
such as in San Diego and in Texas, but there have yet to be any clinics
in the Hoosier state that are fully operated by students.”
and second-year medical student volunteers will assess or triage
patients – taking blood pressures and weighing patients – while third-
and fourth-year students, who have had more clinic experience and
training, will provide care under the guidance of volunteer staff
doctors from the IU School of Medicine departments of family medicine,
internal medicine or pediatrics.
pharmacy students will operate a pharmacy and provide counsel on
non-drug therapies and chronic disease prevention. The pharmacy students
hope to dispense prescription medication if their plan is approved by
the Indiana Board of Pharmacy.
Participants include faculty and students who are fluent in Spanish.
in the IU School of Medicine Master of Public Health program are
completing a community health needs assessment of the near eastside
neighborhoods. The information gathered will assist the clinic in
targeting resources toward the needs and interests of community members.
need that already has been identified is improved access to dental
care. The IU School of Dentistry will provide many services to meet this
need including free dental supplies and patient education. In the
future, the dental students hope to organize free dental screenings and
access to more advanced care.
students hope to expand the services they offer with time, said Kyle
Yoder, chairman of the IU Student Outreach Clinic Committee.
want to reach out to those who feel they have been let down or turned
away from other health care programs,” said Yoder. “Initially, we will
only offer urgent care and medical screening services – such as blood
pressure checks, well-child checkups, examinations for people with the
flu or other short-term conditions.
also attempt to provide a gateway for people to access additional
sources of health care they may not realize exist or are eligible for.
In time, we hope to become a continuity care clinic where we can provide
care for chronic health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and
other prevalent diseases,” he said.
medical students volunteer at other low income clinics in Indianapolis
and in other cities where the IU School of Medicine offers classes, but
this will be the only opportunity for future health-care professionals
to be responsible for all the clinic operations, which was an objective
of the 12-member steering committee.
members include fourth-year medical students Chad Katona, Laura Kruter,
Chris Muth, Palka Patel, Anne Penner, Raymund Ramirez, Kaitlin Rice,
Carrie Rouse, Rachel Smith, Ross Strong, Kyle Yoder and Molly Strong,
who is completing a master’s degree in public health.
main goal of the clinic is to provide quality, free medical services
within a community that needs them,” said Ross Strong, vice chair of the
IU Student Outreach Clinic. “Through patient-centered research and
advocacy, we hope to allow the community to direct their care in the
ways they feel are most appropriate.”
have a strong desire to begin to understand and address the problems of
our current health-care system at an early point in our medical careers
through hands-on experience so that we will be better equipped to
effect change in the future,” Yoder said.
IU Student Outreach Clinic is one of 15 student-initiated and
student-led projects sponsored by the IU School of Medicine Office of
Medical Service-Learning, whose goal is to foster a lifelong commitment
to community service through innovative service-learning projects.
Community members wishing to learn more or get involved with the project can contact clinic leaders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media Contact: Mary Hardin (317) 274-7722, email@example.com
2008-2009: A Good School Year for Butler
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
- Embraced the new emphasis in public health by encouraging student
curricular and co-curricular participation at targeted sites.
Service-learning and other experiential education is being offered at a
wider range of sites, and Butler students have partnered with medical
students at Indiana University in the planning and operation of a
student-run clinic on the eastside of Indianapolis.
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