Since 2007, DeSales University has offered free medical services to the clients of the Allentown Rescue Mission. The clinic is staffed by more than 50 volunteer doctors, physician assistants, DeSales’ faculty, and physician assistant students from the community. More than 7,000 patients have been helped since the program began. No client is ever turned away or charged for services, and the operation is run entirely on donations.
Prior to the DeSales Free Medical Clinic, Allentown Rescue Mission clients either went to a local emergency room or to a family practice. The clinic is housed inside the premises, in two rooms that have been remodeled as doctors offices. Care at the clinic focuses on acute minor illness, prevention, and chronic illness control.
Rotations at the DeSales Free Medical Clinic are a requirement for students in the graduate phase of the physician assistant program. First-year graduate students prepare histories and perform physical examinations on the patients. Second-year graduate students provide guidance and create plans of care. Patients are seen at the clinic on Tuesday and Thursday evenings every week.