Medical Student Volunteers

All IU School of Medicine medical students are welcome and encouraged to volunteer at the IU Student Outreach Clinic, regardless of class level and specialty interests. The clinic allows the opportunity for medical students to gain valuable, real-world experience working alongside volunteer faculty, while helping to close the health care gap for the underserved in the Indianapolis community as soon as they begin their medical training. In addition to patient-facing, clinical experience, there are opportunities for students to gain leadership experience through important managerial roles that are key in the overall structure and success of the clinic.

Roles and Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the first- and- second-year medical student includes working the registration table; triaging and talking with patients; measuring and recording viral signs; presenting patients to third- and- fourth-year medical student volunteers; observing and assisting third- and- fourth-year medical student volunteers during the history and physical exam, as well as staffing with the attending physician; and ensuring patients have the necessary information and resources prior to proceeding to the Butler University Community Outreach Pharmacy for medication and additional education. Sign up to volunteer as a current medical student.

The responsibilities of current third- and- fourth-year medical students include reviewing triage information with first- and- second-year medical students and verifying/clarifying any abnormal findings; conduct history and physical exams with first- and- second-year students present; staff patients with an attending physician; complete all documentation in patients’ charts; review all patient visit documentation prior to obtaining a staff co-signature; and writing all necessary prescriptions to obtain a staff signature. Sign up to volunteer as a current medical student.

Clinic translators must be able to effectively communicate with patients in their native language. Translators should have a basic knowledge of medical terminology in the language they will be translating. Responsibilities include meeting with and answering any preliminary questions for patients whose primary language is not English; ensuring these patients are fully informed about patient confidentiality and the consent practices of the clinic; accompany these patients throughout his or her clinic visit; and serve as a liaison between the patient and health care provider during the time of service. Sign up to volunteer as a translator.

Clinic manager assistants are stationed in the waiting room or the triage room of the clinic. Waiting room assistants obtain charts for retuning patients and medical supplies; greet new patients to the clinic’ assist with triaging patients into the Legal Outreach Center or Clinic; and perform other duties as assigned.

Triage room assistants work to ensure smooth patient transitions; triage stations are being adequately utilized; ensure all third- and- fourth-year medical students are complying with the 15-minute rule for patient encounter; and ensure that any needed medical supplies are available in the triage room. Sign up to volunteer as a clinic manager assistant.

Medical student volunteers are welcome to get involved by joining a sub-committee within the IU Student Outreach Clinic. Sub-committees include operations, volunteer, promotions, education supplies, development and records. Learn more about the clinic sub-committees.