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UTMB Students Run Clinic

January 04, 2022

UTMB Students Run Clinic

A new Congestive Heart Failure Clinic at St. Vincent’s House run by medical students at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) is striving to better educate uninsured patients about heart failure, its complications and how best to manage the condition.

The comprehensive care clinic at St. Vincent’s House in Galveston provides post-discharge heart failure patients with bi-weekly interprofessional services such as respiratory and occupational therapy by supervised UTMB students who will also monitor vitals, discuss diet, and engage in supervised exercise. Heart disease has been the number one cause of death in Texas according to reports from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Congestive Heart Failure Clinic officially opened its doors in January this year, managed and run by interprofessional students at UTMB. The clinic has since become one of the largest student run clinics in the country and recently earned the President’s Cabinet awards at UTMB, joining over 170 community programs and initiatives supported by faculty, staff, community members, and alumni. The Congestive Heart Failure Clinic is free of charge and provides a 60-day program incorporating exercise, nutrition counseling, smoking cessation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and medical evaluations. Partnerships with social workers and community health workers also ensure the patients have transportation, safe housing, and a stable food supply.
   —Please visit https://www.utmb.edu/news/article/utmbnews/2021/11/11/student-run-clinic-seeks-to-combat-a-national-crisis for more information.