Lindsay Hammons, a fourth-year MCW medical student, drew from her experience working at the Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured to create a documentary film on the continued need for charitable and free clinics and the ongoing gap that remains in the health care system. The film, #TheNeedContinues, was produced in collaboration with the Wisconsin Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (WAFCC).
“The patients I was lucky enough to work with at Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured -- a completely student-run free clinic under the auspices of MCW -- inspired my work on this documentary,” Lindsay said. “Their lack of quality care due to various socioeconomic factors haunted my conscious. The worst part was that the reason these patients were using up so many acute resources was because they couldn't get primary care in the first place. It could happen to anyone. The Saturday Clinic was their medical care, but also their social outreach.”
The completed short film was unveiled this past spring at the Wisconsin State Capitol. The attention it has received has helped move her toward her original goals.
“I had an amazing opportunity to serve as Board Chair of the Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured from 2014-2015, and during that time, I learned more about the politics and policies involved in medical care,” Lindsay said. “Also, I learned that there is a huge disconnect between the services physicians are expected to provide and the services they can provide in the context of certain administrative and legal limitations. Subsequently, by serving as Board Member and PR Chair for the WAFCC, I began to see the humanistic side of medicine more clearly --the side of medicine where healthcare professionals fight for their patients' rights because, many times, patients know there is an issue but don't know how to advocate for themselves. Those who stand up for their community and its patients, including many people I have met through the Saturday Clinic and WAFCC, are inspiring people and I can only wish to emulate them throughout my medical career, wherever it may take me.”
Watch a preview of #TheNeedContinues.
You can obtain a copy of #TheNeedContinues with a donation to the Wisconsin Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. If you have any questions, you can contact Lindsay Hammons, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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