The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic

The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic’s mission is threefold:

  • We will increase accessibility of comprehensive, patient-centered, quality health services to patients with unmet needs.
  • We will develop compassionate, culturally competent future health professionals in an interprofessional, team-based learning environment.
  • We will support community partnerships and promote overall health and well-being in the communities we serve.

The patients we serve at the PNC come from a diverse array of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. 
Our goal in making PNC services available to our patients is to provide everyone the opportunity to receive free, quality health care regardless of their insurance situation, citizenship status, or financial background. Because our patient population is largely Spanish speaking, we offer Spanish interpreter services every night the clinic is open. Patients visiting the clinic have access to some of the best physicians in Minnesota. Through partnerships with Fairview and surrounding hospitals, the PNC is able to offer patients nearly any lab test and many prescriptions free of cost. Patients visiting the clinic are also encouraged to take advantage of dental screening, physical therapy, nutrition, and mental health counseling services. In addition to these services, the PNC offers its patients guidance in securing resources that will help patients and their families find more stable sources of health care and ways to access other community supports in an effort to help them live safe, healthy, and independent lives. Because the PNC is not meant to be a primary care facility, we do our best to help our patients take the necessary steps to finding a regular source of health care. Until this is achieved, however, we owe it to our patients to provide the best care we can in a professional manner.

Physician specialties needed:
Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care.
Our patient population’s needs primarily involve acute care and chronic care.

Time commitment:
Minimum of 1 day per quarter.

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 
2742 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Clinic Hours:
Monday and Thursday evenings 6:00pm – 9:00pm (except holidays).  Clinic shifts typically extend to 10:00-10:30pm.  Physicians will need to be available to contact after their clinic shift to review any lab results with their students.

Physician volunteers must maintain their licensure but it is not necessary for them to be credentialed.  They must maintain a DEA number but we do not prescribe any controlled substances at PNC.

As PNC is a student-run free clinic, all physicians operate in a preceptorship role.  They are expected to model collaborative care with the other preceptors including nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, nutritionists and mental health social workers.  They will be working with and educating students from many professions during all volunteer shifts.

Though the patient population is largely Spanish-speaking, physicians need not know Spanish as interpreter services are always available.

The clinic uses the Epic electronic health record.  Login and training for our system will be provided to volunteer physicians.  Students will document the care but physician will be expected to review and sign the notes, sign orders and close the visits. 

Professional liability insurance:
If the insurance offered by the physician’s primary organization does not cover them during volunteer activities then we will work to cover them ourselves through a state program.  More information can be found here:


Brian Sick, MD 
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Medical Director, Phillips Neighborhood Clinic 
University of Minnesota Interprofessional Academic Deputy 
420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 741 
Minneapolis, MN  55455