Mentors profiles stories about the life-long impact of mentoring at Washington University School of Medicine.
Episode 2: The Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic (SNHC) opened on January 11, 1997 as a free clinic for uninsured adults, run by medical students and staffed by volunteer physicians. The clinic continues to provide a valuable community service and serve as an incubator for mentoring – clinical students mentor pre-clinical students, volunteer physicians mentor all students and faculty advisor Dr. Will Ross provides oversight and insight for the operations. Did you know that gifts from alumni and former house staff support student groups like the SNHC?
“Every patient has a story and deserves to not only be taken care of, but to feel taken care of.”
– Maria Schwabe, MD Class of 2019
“This is an opportunity to give back to the Saint Louis community while learning how to mentor younger students.”
– Emily Slat, MD Class of 2017
“So much of our education involves delaying the gratification of eventually treating patients. SNHC allows us to provide a service for both the community and for ourselves. We get to play a role in offering medical care to some of St. Louis’ most vulnerable populations and, at the same time, we begin to experience how rewarding it is to make a positive difference in a patient’s life.”
– Brian Hickman, MD Class of 2019
In Episode 1, Dr. Mort Smith shares his experiences as both a mentee and mentor during his 54 years at the School of Medicine. As a resident, Dr. Smith was inspired by his mentor, Dr. Bernard Becker, to enter academic medicine.
The Annual Fund empowers the mentoring of students, residents and fellows in many ways:
- Students receive scholarship support to study under world-renowned professors.
- Preceptors provide informal tutelage during student enrichment activities, like the Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic.
- Residency directors and attendings oversee the training, research and education for residents and fellows.
- Faculty and students work side-by-side in one of our seven Interdisciplinary Research Centers to understand fundamental biological processes.