Community service

DOCS Health Fairs

The Department of Community Service (DOCS) at UM is a student-run, non-profit organization that provides health care to the underserved while providing invaluable learning experiences for medical students.

DOCS holds annual health fairs in 8 different resource-limited communities in Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Broward counties, serving over 1500 patients. Working with DOCS allows physicians the opportunity to teach and work with medical students in addition to the health screening and education provided to the community.  We screen for the most prevalent diseases in our community including: hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, vision loss, obesity, and depression, as well as colon, breast, cervical, and skin cancers. Using a referral system of free clinics, DOCS also acts as a portal for entry to care for those patients identified to be at risk.

IDEA Clinic

The IDEA Clinic, named after the Infectious Disease Elimination Act, was founded by UM/Jackson IM Residency alum and National 'Upstander' Hansel Tookes III, MD, MPH in 2016. This clinic was made possible by legislation change through HIV and epidemiology research conducted by Dr. Tookes. Residents work alongside students in teaching harm reduction strategies, providing naloxone prescriptions and education, screening for HIV and Hepatitis C, and linking participants to rehabilitation and treatment.

Trafficking Healthcare Resources and Interdisciplinary Victim Services and Education (THRIVE) Clinic

The THRIVE clinic is a multidisciplinary, multicultural program that battles infringement on human rights by providing primary care, psychiatric and behavioral health services, and gynecological care to victims of human trafficking, all in one location.  Volunteers have the unique opportunity to serve these victims, many of whom are referred to the clinic by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office. As a hub for Central and South America, Miami is unique in its exposure to this form of modern-day slavery.


Human Rights Clinic (HRC)

At the Human Rights Clinic, residents work in collaboration with the University of Miami School of Law to perform screening exams on victims seeking asylum. This opportunity to promote social and economic justice globally and in the U.S. provides experience writing medical affidavits, documenting abuse, and screening for psychological trauma.