East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership: A Neighborhood Clinic, a National Model

The East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership (EHHOP) is one of the most successful student-run free clinics in the nation. Started in 2000 by a group of first- and second-year medical students at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, EHHOP provides primary care services to the uninsured residents of East Harlem.

Over 80 percent of Icahn School of Medicine students volunteer their time to staff the clinic, which is open every Saturday in Mount Sinai's Center for Advanced Medicine. Students are paired with patients and supervised jointly by faculty and Teaching Seniors, a group of 14 highly accomplished senior medical students interested in honing their teaching skills in an active clinic setting.

The clinic has twice received the AAMC's Caring for Communities grant, which provides four years of funding. In 2007 the program was a Presidential Community Service Honor Roll Finalist.

"In addition to providing much needed medical care, EHHOP trains students to be lifelong advocates and leaders in health care for the poor and underserved," says Yasmin S. Meah, MD, Assistant Professor of Medical Education, who with David C. Thomas, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) and Rehabilitation, is Faculty Leader of EHHOP.