UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 10 | Aug.
1 , 2002
Student Medical Clinic Calls for Volunteers
New location has room to grow.
By Diane Haynes
The acronym should probably be CHIAUS -- Community Health Initiative
by Awe-inspiring University Students.
What began as two students' class project is now a student-run,
evenings-and-weekends medical clinic in the Downtown eastside.
Last featured in UBC Reports in January of 2001, CHIUS has since
grown from 200 to 500 student volunteers representing eight disciplines,
and has moved into a new facility at 569 Powell Street that offers
more space, better resources and room to grow. With the call out
for more volunteers, that growing room is going to be needed.
David Hui is a third-year medical student and the co-chair of CHIUS.
"What got me interested was the interprofessional aspect,"
he recalls of his three-year involvement.
Although he says the study of medicine now promotes the theory
of an interdisciplinary approach to health care, at CHIUS that approach
is put into practice every day. Medical students work with nursing,
social work, dietetics and pharmacy students, and each learns what
the others do.
There are five ways student volunteers can get involved with CHIUS:
discipline-specific treatment activities (under professional supervision);
interprofessional work; educational programming; administration;
and the clinic's social aspect.
This latter is a hallmark of CHIUS. Hui describes the clinic's
waiting room, where coffee and snacks are provided and student volunteers
are there specifically to listen when area residents drop by. "It's
not just what patients tell you in the five minutes in the interviewing
room," Hui explains. "It's really what's going on in the
rest of their lives."
Health Sciences students who are interested in volunteering may
contact one of the faculty representatives listed on the web site
(www.chius.ubc.ca) or e-mail Hui at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHIUS is funded by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, the
Hamber Foundation and the Teaching-Learning Enhancement Fund, and
depends upon the support of Dr. Peter Granger and the Downtown Community
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