Students bring Street Medicine founder to SOM this week

January 02, 2013

The founder of the Street Medicine movement will visit the Wayne State University School of Medicine this week.

Street Medicine Detroit, the Gold Humanism Honor Society and the American Medical Student Association will host Jim Withers, M.D., who started the movement that brings medical care to the homeless living on the streets in Pittsburgh in the early 1990s.

A wine and cheese reception Jan. 4 will welcome Dr. Withers and feature “The Impact of Street Medicine: A Pittsburgh Story.” The reception runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Great Lakes Coffee Company, 3965 Woodward Ave. Please RSVP at here.

On Jan. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon, Dr. Withers will present a seminar titled “Street Medicine: A Model of Health Care Delivery for the Homeless” in the Margherio Family Conference Center. A light breakfast will be provided. Please RSVP at here.

Both events are free to students and physicians interested in learning more about Street Medicine, which provides medical care directly to those living and sleeping on the streets through mobile services such as walking teams, medical vans and outdoor clinics. Street Medicine efforts in cities around the world have led to a global awareness of Street Medicine that embodies compassionate, accessible and cost-effective care to a population that otherwise would not be served medically. Wayne State University School of Medicine students formed a chapter for Detroit last year.

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