In 2006, a handful of our students responded to a call to serve by creating a medical clinic to help those in need.
Student doctor volunteers from the Sanford School of Medicine perform a focused history and physical exam and present the case to practicing physician volunteers who oversee the students' work. Junior medical students are paired with senior students to enhance learning and expose younger students to patient care early in their medical careers. The clinic is operated by a steering committee of elected second, third and fourth-year medical students.
The Coyote Clinic provides free health care to uninsured patients over the age of 18 while providing a learning opportunity for medical students.
Most of the services provided by a traditional primary care clinic can be accessed at the Coyote Clinic. Prescription assistance, basic laboratory testing and free flu shots are available. We are also highly respected by the Hispanic community and have access to interpreters as needed.
Availability and Location
The Coyote Clinic offers appointments the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 5:30-7 p.m. Patients may call (605) 322-6800 to make an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome before 7 p.m.
We are located in the Avera Medical Group Health Care Clinic at 300 N. Dakota Avenue, Suite 117 in downtown Sioux Falls.
Special Projects and Events
We hold an annual flu shot drive in the fall at the Banquet in downtown Sioux Falls and are a member of the Society for Student-Run Free Clinics.
Three to five new members are elected each year, depending on the clinic's needs. Students join the steering committee in the spring of their first year of medical school. A Coyote Clinic representative will deliver a presentation in the spring prior to application distribution.