Homeless Healthcare Clinic Block
- Every other month
- 4 weeks
- Rotation Director:
- Dawn Taniguchi, MD
- Who should I contact for schedule changes?
Contact each clinic that you will be missing.
This rotation is designed to supplement resident training in primary care for vulnerable populations, with particular emphasis on care of the homeless patient. Residents will gain awareness of the social, psychological, and medical issues pertaining to homelessness, and become more comfortable with the unique health-related needs and challenges of the population. Disease processes seen will vary from urgent or semi-urgent in nature to chronic medical and mental illnesses, with clinical experiences at sites such as Pioneer Square Clinic, Third Avenue Center, Pike Market Medical Clinic, Harborview Adult Medicine Clinic, and the DESC shelter. Residents will have supplemental training in podiatry (including podiatry outreach in a local housing project), and will also have the opportunity to participate in the education of medical students during the rotation. The clinical experiences will be complemented by a once-weekly didactic series on pertinent topics in homeless health care. This didactic time is usually an experience by learning time where a resident will visit various sites that relate to our patient. Possible places to visit include medical respite, 1811 housing, the needle exchange on 4th for naloxone training, etc. Two continuity clinic half-days per week will be available for those who choose this rotation.