A handful of our students responded to a call to serve by creating a medical clinic to help those in need.
In 2006, they created the Coyote Clinic - a student-run free clinic in downtown Sioux Falls at the Avera McKennan Downtown Center, 300 N. Dakota Ave. It is open the second Tuesday of every month from 6-9 p.m.
The Coyote Clinic is operated by third- and fourth-year medical students. They act as student doctors, performing a focused history and physical and presenting the case to practicing physician volunteers who oversee the students' work. First- and second-year medical students work in support roles, shadowing the clinical experience, recording vitals and determining patients' chief complaints.
Most of the services provided by a traditional primary care clinic can be provided at the Coyote Clinic. Care is provided for whomever comes through the door with most patients being underinsured or uninsured.
Students have applied for and received grants as well as contributions from area health systems to make the clinic a reality.