NURSING AND DENTISTRY JOIN FREE CLINIC EFFORT

Nursing's Megan Eagle (right) consults with two medical students

New funding for collaboration at the U-M Medical School’s Student-Run Free Clinic. 

The funding will involve IPE teams, for the benefit of both the underserved patients and the students.

The U-M School of Nursing learned in early September 2016 that it is one of 16 nursing schools nationwide selected by The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education to lead programs in which graduate nursing students work together with students from other health professions in community-based clinical settings. Nurse practitioner students and faculty will join U-M Medical School faculty and students currently operating the Student-Run Free Clinic (SRFC) in Pinckney, Michigan, which offers care to uninsured and underserved residents of rural Livingston County and surrounding areas. Lisa Kane Low, School of Nursing associate dean for practice and professional graduate programs, will serve as U-M’s principal investigator on the grant. In addition, School of Nursing faculty member Megan Eagle will be embedded at the site to provide leadership for the initiation of the plan, and Medical School faculty will also be involved.

According to Jacob Cedarbaum, a U-M medical student and co-leader of the SRFC, “our team is incredibly excited to embark on the unique, interprofessional collaboration that this grant will support.” Learn more about the collaboration.

In addition, U-M learned over the summer that a collaborative project between student organizations at the School of Dentistry and the Medical School was awarded a $15,600 grant by the University of Michigan Bicentennial Office. The grant will be used to add dental care and oral health education to the primary care that medical students have been providing to underserved patients at the free clinic in Pinckney. Learn more about the partnership.