Magis Medical Clinic Has New Location
Free Saturday Clinic Started by Creighton Medical Students
On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Magis Medical Clinic hosted an open house in its new location at the Siena Francis House/Baright Shelter at 17th and Nicholas streets. In its first year, the Magis Medical Clinic has provided more than 300 men, women and children with free health care services. It is the only free clinic available to homeless individuals and families on weekends.
When the Magis Medical Clinic first opened in September 2004 at the Siena-Francis House, the clinic had one small exam room and a curtain for privacy. The new facility has modern amenities, including two private examination rooms. The clinic is open from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and offers acute care services and referrals. Last year the clinic hosted a children’s vaccination clinic and a diabetic eye care clinic.
The Magis Medical Clinic was started by Creighton medical students who applied for and received a $12,000 “Caring for Community” grant from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in collaboration with Pfizer’s Medical Humanities Initiative. The clinic continues to be student-run, staffed with more than 200 Creighton medical students who work alongside volunteer physicians to receive invaluable hands-on experience.
Proceeds from a Magis Classic golf tournament over the summer provided more than $19,000 for the clinic. Funds received from grants and donations are used to provide medications, supplies, equipment and furniture for the clinic.
Kinjal Shah, a third-year student in Creighton’s School of Medicine, and one of the students who manages the Magis Clinic, says the clinic began from a desire to fulfill a health care need for Omaha’s underserved community.
“Over the past year and a half, we have learned that the Magis Clinic is also a place where patients are cared for with the dignity, respect and sincerity they deserve,” Shah said.