Students at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick truly have the opportunity to serve their community — through an initiative known as the Promise Clinic, which provides free healthcare to poor and homeless adult clients of Elijah’s Promise Community Kitchen in New Brunswick.
Each year, approximately 45 teams of four to five medical students see patients under the supervision of faculty advisers. The teams — composed of first- through fourth-year medical students — care for the same one to two individuals throughout their medical school experience. In addition, patients also see students from the interdisciplinary practices as their care warrants. Since its inception, the Promise Clinic has seen about 600 patients, who visit once every few months.