Addressing a community need: Free gyn clinic run by OUWB students finds its footing

Sarah Provencher (left) and Tiffany Loh (center) lead and orientation session at the Student Run Free Clinic Gyn Clinic Night. (Photo by Andrew Dietderich)

A Pontiac-based gynecological clinic run by students from OUWB launched in early 2021 and already has established itself as a go-to option for some community members.

The Student Run Free Clinic (SRFC) Gyn Clinic Night is a new offering by the same organization that has been delivering the SRFC Family Medicine Clinic Night for the last five years.

Both are also offered once a month at the Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic in Pontiac.

Co-directors are Sarah Provencher and Tiffany Loh, both second-year medical students at OUWB.

“One, we wanted to address a need in the community and felt that a lot of our patients would benefit from having a separate gynecological clinic in addition to our family medicine clinic,” says Provencher.

“The other thing we wanted to do was increase learning opportunities and clinical experiences for medical students.”

Since opening in April, both goals have continuously been met with both patients and students taking advantage of the new offering.

“A gyn clinic works well in our system because there are definitely a lot of patients at the Burnstein Clinic in need of gyn services,” says Loh. “We’ve seen a lot of interest.”

(Only partial stories are posted here with hopes to provide a brief overview and introduction to my most recent work. The full version of this story may be found on the OUWB InMedicine site here.)

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