Zumbro Valley Medical Society Launches Street Medicine Elective for Medical Students

The Zumbro Valley Medical Society (ZVMS) has launched a new educational and service opportunity for Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine medical students to learn to bring health care out of the clinical setting and to underserved populations. 

In this “Street Medicine” elective, medical students and local partners from agencies serving people experiencing homelessness in Olmsted County will begin to craft ways to address unmet health needs.

The Street Medicine elective began Sept. 13 and will run through May 2022.

Pioneered by James Withers, MD, in Pittsburgh in 1992, Street Medicine is an emerging medical field delivering health and social services directly to the unsheltered homeless in their own environment. The approach of Street Medicine is “to engage people experiencing homelessness where they are and on their own terms to reduce or eliminate barriers to care access and follow-through,” according to the Street Medicine Institute website.