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Over the past year, nearly every Vanderbilt first- and second-year medical student has left campus, driven to a free east Nashville clinic, and added a component to their education that can't be found within the confines of a teaching hospital.

Stepping boldly outside of Vanderbilt's Magnolia Curtain, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine students not only donate their time to the Shade Tree Family Clinic, they also founded the clinic and supervise its operation.

The clinic, operated by VUSM students in partnership with United Neighborhoods Health Services, is located at the Sam Levy/ McFerrin Park Clinic on Grace Street in Nashville. It is open on Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons and provides free care for uninsured and underinsured patients' acute and chronic health needs.

The clinic, supported by VUSM and public and private donations, was a dream of 2007 graduates Katie Cox and Kristina Collins during their second year of medical school. After a year of fund raising and planning, the clinic opened in October 2005.   continued..

WRITTEN BY NANCY HUMPHREY
ILLUSTRATION BY GINA TRIPLETT
 
 
 
 
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