Making a Difference: the Free Clinic Extraordinary Volunteers

Paul Duggan, volunteer at the free clinic for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

"I chose to pursue a career in medicine because each day presents with novel challenges and problems that when solved correctly can make a significant impact in someone’s life. The Free Clinic is an incredibly unique place that gives me the opportunity as a second-year medical student to take the information that I’ve learned in class and use it to make a difference in my community.

A good friend convinced me to go along with him to volunteer at The Free Clinic. I enjoyed it so much that I’ve gone back almost every week since. I also had the pleasure of meeting a lot of great people at the clinic that I now consider lifelong friends.

My best experience at The Free Clinic was helping a patient who due to his uncontrolled diabetes had lost his job, his house, and his reason for living. By helping him manage his diabetes and writing a note to his previous employer, I was able to help him reestablish himself.

After a stressful week of studying, treating patients at The Free Clinic reminds me of why I chose to study medicine, and reassures me that I have what it takes to be a great doctor."

Paul Duggan is a second-year medical student from San Antonio. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Honors Arts and Letters from Texas Tech University.

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.