Led by chair Olivia Genereux and vice-chair Tess Loch (class of 2022), the SRC involves many medical students who fill various roles to coordinate finances, staffing, supplies, electronic medical records and interdisciplinary initiatives at the clinic. Although running a clinic while attending medical school can be a demanding balance, Olivia and Tess remain focused on the clinic’s mandate of “serving the underserved,” ensuring that patients are able to receive the care they require.
As it has with many other organizations this year, COVID-19 has decreased the ability for students to be involved hands-on at the clinic. However, the executive team remains hard at work behind the scenes. The SRC is proud to have their physician preceptors working in the clinic and building a client base at the Mustard Seed Wellness Centre. The team has also secured a large PPE donation for the centre thanks to SRC executive team member Samin Dolatabadi (class of 2022). Just recently, the team also established a foot care program, which will greatly benefit the patient population. The SRC team continues to adapt, collaborate and advocate for the clinic’s clientele during the pandemic.
An exciting aspect of the SRC is the limitless potential the clinic has to grow and to help Calgary’s underserved population. Even though this year’s students met the many challenges, Olivia, Tess and the rest of the team are excited to welcome the incoming Class of 2023. The future of the clinic will focus on expanding interdisciplinary services, building a steady client base and continuing to provide accessible, reliable health services to patients in Calgary’s downtown core.
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