Making a Difference: The Free Clinic Extraordinary Volunteers

Free Clinic

“During the pre-clinical years of medical school, it is easy to bury yourself in books and never see an actual patient. Volunteering at The Free Clinic allowed me the opportunity to help those in need, which is at the heart of medicine. This experience reinforced the skills I was learning in medical school while providing much-needed health care to an underserved population. Through volunteering, I gained a better understanding of the roles of interdisciplinary care between different organizations such as social work and pharmacy. The sense of community and camaraderie that permeated from The Free Clinic enhanced an already extraordinary experience.”

Robert Wallette is a third-year medical student in Odessa, Texas and is from Abilene, Texas. He attended Texas Tech University for his undergraduate education where he earned a degree in Biology.

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School of Medicine

School of Medicine

Since 1969, the School of Medicine has graduated more than 3,000 physicians. The school aims to provide quality lab space, recruit creative, innovative research faculty, and develop graduate students and postdoctoral fellows for lifelong careers in medical research.

Today, more than 20 percent of the practicing physicians in West Texas have graduated from the School of Medicine or its residency programs.