The Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (better known as 'DOCS') is a medical student-run, non-profit organization at UM that provides health care to the under-served while providing invaluable learning experiences for medical students.
DOCS hosts several annual screening health fairs throughout underserved areas of South Florida. The fairs offer services such as a vitals sign assessment, cholesterol & glucose testing, blood-based colorectal cancer screening, female Pap smear & breast examination, male prostate examination, bone density screening, vision/glaucoma screening, and mental health evaluations. 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. This is an excellent opportunity for residents to act as preceptors for medical students in performing screening exams (male prostate, breast exams, Pap smears, etc) and counseling patients on results.
2019-2020 DOCS Health Fairs
South Dade Health Fair
Little Haiti Health Fair
Hialeah Health Fair
Liberty City Health Fair
Jack and Jill Health Fair
Florida Keys Health Fair
West Kendall Health Fair
Light of the World Health Fair
NEW weekly clinic night established in 2019! At CHS, primary care (via health screenings, routine laboratory evaluations, and valuable patient education and counseling) is provided to patients in the Little Haiti and neighboring Miami communities. In order to be eligible for care at CHS, patients must live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.
The IDEA Needle Exchange, 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. The needle exchange was made possible by legislation change through HIV and epidemiology research conducted by Dr. Tookes, and its aim is in screening for HIV & Hepatitis C, providing naloxone prescriptions & education, and linking participants to rehabilitation & treatment. Through DOCS, there is now a weekly clinic night where residents work alongside students to provide wound care to participants enrolled in the needle exchange program. The services provided by this clinic include incision & drainage of skin abscesses, harm reduction counseling, and general health screenings.
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.
Human Rights Clinic (HRC)
At the Human Rights Clinic, residents work in collaboration with the University of Miami School of Law to perform medical screening exams, both physicals and psychiatric evaluations, 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.
STEM Saturdays is initiative that fosters creativity & learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in children from the South Florida community through interactive activities. These events are hosted at various locations throughout South Florida and provide an outlet for residents & medical students to teach and build enthusiasm for different topics within the STEM umbrella.