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College of Medicine students open free clinic at Tyrone

Amidst clinical rotations and long days of studying, third-year Penn State College of Medicine students at the University Park Regional Campus are putting their education into practice in a new setting. They have spent the last several months preparing for LionCare Tyrone, a student-run free clinic, which opened its doors to the public on Saturday, March 5.

“This is reminding me why I went to medical school in the first place – to help people who really need medical care,” said Clay Cooper, who is co-director of the student-run clinic that will offer free medical services with no insurance required. “There's definitely a need for this type of service in Tyrone, and it's an exciting opportunity to help start this from the ground up.”

To start, the clinic will be open the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will treat acute care needs and general health and mental health needs, as well as offering work and driver's physicals and blood pressure checks to adults over age 18. Childcare will be provided during appointments.

The clinic, a partnership between the College of Medicine University Park Regional Campus, Penn State College of Nursing and Tyrone Regional Health Network, operates out of the Tyrone Hospital Rural Health Clinic building.

Read more in this Penn State Medicine article.

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