South Texas Medical Center

Alamo City

San Antonio is known the world over for its vibrant culture, laid back atmosphere and welcoming people. The city’s unique character provides a one-of-a-kind backdrop for the ambiance at the Long School of Medicine. You’re in the heart of the South Texas Medical Center where hundreds of thousands of individuals come each year to heal. Where thousands of physicians work tirelessly to develop new treatments, conduct new research, and make you better. Where research, technology, and healthcare find a common center. Explore what our medical center has to offer!

Student – Faculty Collaborative Free Clinics

Student-Run Free Clinic Program is a collaborative effort of medical, nursing, dental, dental hygiene, PA students, residents, and faculty from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas in partnership with several community partners including the Alpha Home and San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries (SAMMinistries). Health science students & residents gain vital experience in primary care, public health, community service, and administration of health care while giving to others. The clinics serve as a unique educational setting where students learn from their peers, mentors and their patients. The care provided to the community is greatly needed and warmly appreciated.

Refugee Health Clinic

San Antonio Refugee Health Clinic  is an acute care clinic developed to address the health and social needs of about 5,000 immigrant refugees living in northwest San Antonio. The primary goal of this clinic is to serve as an initial trustworthy location for refugees to overcome their inhibitions and adequately address their health care issues and social needs.  A central aspect of the clinic is the education of both patients and students through collaboration. Through educational workshops, refugee families learn about sanitation and available health care options. Through organizing and managing the clinic, students of all levels of education learn valuable lessons in service, communication, and resourcefulness through an irreplaceable interdisciplinary approach to care.

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SAMM Clinic

The clinic operates out of the SAMMinistries Transitional Living & Learning Center (TLLC) on Blanco Road. The TLLC opened its doors in August of 2000 and has the capacity to serve 40 homeless families who demonstrate a commitment to gaining self-sufficiency. The center provides homeless families with a variety for resources, services, and education to enable them to again become self-sufficient contributing members of our community.

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Travis Park Dermatology Clinic

This free clinic was established November 18th, 2009 to treat skin disorders in the homeless, indigent, and uninsured patients in San Antonio. Dermatology is an important aspect in all fields of medicine and students volunteers learn more about treating skin lesions. Travis Park Methodist church has a variety of resources and seek to make the world a better place through transformation of self and community. Their mission is to enhance the transformation of people through programs that develop the body, mind, and spirit.

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Pride Community Clinic

is an extension of the Alamo Area Resource Center LGBT Health Equity Clinic, aspires to create an environment that eliminates barriers to gender and sexual minority healthcare access. The PCC offers primary care for the underserved lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer population of San Antonio, and also provides linkages to vital mental health, sexual health, and substance abuse services. The PCC further aims to expose interdisciplinary UT Health San Antonio student volunteers to the medical needs, social concerns, and unique experiences of this population, while propelling relevant education, research, and advocacy for equitable healthcare.

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Haven for Hope/Restoration Center Clinic

The Restoration Center is a substance abuse detox and rehabilitation center operated by the Center for Healthcare Services (CHCS). CHCS provides mental health and substance abuse treatment for the underserved of Bexar County. The focus of the clinic is dermatologic diagnosis and treatment with a holistic approach to the patient. This includes biopsies, wound care and minor surgeries.  Haven for Hope is the largest, most comprehensive Homeless Transformation Campus in the U.S.A. On any given night there will be roughly 1600 individuals residing on the Haven for Hope Campus.

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Student seeing a patient during Frontera trip

Alpha Home

The clinic is a non-profit, long-term substance abuse recovery center. Established in 1966, Alpha Home is the only women-specific drug treatment program in Bexar County and draws clients from all over the state. Clients are referred to Alpha Home from various community agencies, including hospitals, detox facilities and homeless shelters.

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Mobile Eye Screening Clinic

Since 1996, the Lions Clubs of Lions International District 2-A2 of San Antonio have operated a Mobile Eye Screening Program utilizing a unique Mobile Eye Screening Unit (MESU) built ona 40 foot modified bus platform. The basic mission of the MESU program is to provide free vision screenings for the general public. They travel throughout South Central Texas and have screened over 65,000 people since 1996. MESU visits are usually sponsored by individual Lions Clubs and volunteers are trained to operate instruments that screen for blood pressures, visual acuity, eye pressures, and visual fields. All visitors are provided a summary sheet with their screening results. Starting in the Spring of 2013, the Lions will partner with the Department of Ophthalmology, the School of Medicine, and the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics to include Medical Students at UTHSC/SA in a Joint Community Vision Screening Program.

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Metropolitan variety, genuine people and plenty of culture

This city is genuinely excited to have you here and always in the mood to help you blow off steam when you need a break. The community closely surrounding the School is a great place to live with nice neighborhoods and lots to do. Whether you are into food, nightlife, outdoors, networking, shopping or sports, America’s seventh-largest city offers plenty of hands-on activities beyond the classroom. 

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San Antonio is one of the world’s top vacation destinations and the seventh-largest city inAmerica for a reason: there is no place quite like it. You will find that our people are relaxed and friendly, our entertainment is rich and engaging, and our environment is warm and diverse. So when you have time off from school, you can spend it anyway you choose. Some of the top activities for young adults in San Antonio include floating the Comal and Guadalupe rivers, going to Spurs basketball games, hitting up local hotspots like the St.Mary’s strip and Stone Oak, going to Southtown for monthly FirstFriday art exhibits, and seeing live music at the AT&T Center and Floore’s Country Store. Whatever your interests, no other city can match San Antonio’s unique mix of energy, culture, climate and attractions. And some of the best beaches in the world are less than three hours away on famous Padre Island.