The Family Medicine Interest Group supports many service-learning projects throughout the year. Below are the current annual opportunities for service with FMIG. For other service opportunities throughout the health sciences schools, check out the Service Learning Resource Center (SLRC).
Project Homeless Connect (PHC)
Fall Quarter, October
Each year students volunteer at the Project Homeless Connect medical intake area in Tacoma, WA. PHC brings together all sorts of services to address the needs of those experiencing homelessness, including basic medical and dental care, access to education, employment and benefits systems, mental health and chemical dependency assessments, flu shots, haircuts, and more, all under one roof! Students measure vital signs and perform the medical intake for over 300 clients in this one-day event. To participate students must attend an orientation and the basic and advanced vital signs workshop, if necessary.
FMIG Coffee Cart
Weekly during Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters
The coffee cart is a popular outreach activity that offers first and second year medical students free coffee, tea, and baked goods between classes once each week throughout the academic year. Each quarter leaders determine a new local organization to benefit, working both to raise money for and awareness of these organizations and their causes among the student body. The WAFP Foundation generously provides funds for the coffee, tea, cream, and sugar, while FMIG leaders take turns donating baked goods to the cart to be given away. Here are the organizations sponsored thus far:
One by One
ROOTS Young Adult Shelter (ROOTS)
Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC)
People’s Harm Reduction Alliance (PHRA)
FMIG/CHAP Holiday Drive for the Homeless
Fall Quarter, mid-November through December
This annual drive, sponsored by FMIG and the Community Health Advancement Program (CHAP), solicits donations of clothing and toiletry items that will benefit Seattle-based organizations that serve the homeless (ROOTS, DESC, Mary’s Place, and PHRA). Once all donations are collected, leaders meet for a sorting party to create small gift packages for distribution.
Tar Wars Orientation and Presentations
Winter and/or Spring Quarters
Tar Wars is a tobacco-free intervention program for 4th and 5th graders that covers the harmful consequences of tobacco use. Medical students are trained on how to lead these one-hour presentations prior to presenting to classrooms within Seattle Public Schools.
Weekly through entire year
UW TEST is a medical student-run outreach HIV testing program that offers HIV Testing and Education, promotes Sexual Health, and facilitates Treatment Referral. Currently UW TEST provides free rapid HIV testing on a weekly basis at Seattle Area Support Groups and endeavors to expand HIV testing, advocating, and educational services.
UW TEST is a collaboration between the UW School of Medicine's Family Medicine and QMedicine LGBTQ (QMed) Student Interest Groups, Seattle King County Public Health (SKCPH), and the Seattle Area Support Groups (SASG) .
Its mission is to provide student-run, culturally excellent HIV testing services to our community and equip future physicians with advanced risk assessment skills and the tools to integrate regular HIV testing into their future practice.
Health Counseling at Rainier Health and Fitness (RHF)
Pilot during Winter and Spring Quarters 2012
Rainier Health and Fitness (RHF) is a non-profit, low-cost gym in the Rainier Valley of Seattle. Every year from January through May RHF coordinates a fitness challenge for its members, and during this time a small group of medical student volunteers will facilitate a weekly wellness class focusing on pertinent physical and emotional health topics. Additionally, another group of students will be paired with challenge participants to serve as health allies, providing a weekly check-in and promoting health for their partners.