The Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured is a collaborative program between the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and Columbia St. Mary’s (CSM) to serve uninsured and underinsured adults. The Clinic is coordinated by sophomore medical students of MCW each Saturday morning at the site of the Columbia St. Mary's Family Health Center at Humboldt and North Ave. The MCW students run the clinic, coordinating patient processing, patient histories and work-ups and referring patients to other ongoing help as appropriate. Columbia St. Mary's provides the clinic space, volunteer physician support and diagnostic testing required for assessment and treatment. In addition, Columbia St. Mary's Seton Pharmacy reviews patient profiles, process and fill prescriptions at greatly discounted rates and provide medication counseling to Saturday Free Clinic patients. CSM provides volunteer physician support and all of the diagnostic testing required for patient care.
Patients line up each Saturday before the Clinic’s 8:00 a.m. opening since care is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. On most Saturdays, from 20 to 30 patients are served. Patients are registered and screened to determine that they can be served at the Clinic. They are then taken to a clinic exam room, interviewed and examined by a team of medical students. The students in turn present the patient’s problem to a volunteer attending physician who directs overall patient care and management. The medical students are involved in all aspects of the patient care and learn much in the process. Patients receive excellent quality primary care from experienced volunteer physicians and the health of the community is improved. In 2006, the Clinic served 1,055 people.
Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured
c/o Columbia St. Mary's Family Care Center
1121 E. North Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Walk-ins Saturdays-Patients are seen at 8:00am but arrive as early as 6:30am to secure an appointment for clinic that day.
The clinic is open each Saturday at 8:00 a.m. and serves patients on a first-come, first-served basis. People who are without insurance and with limited resources are those to be served by the Clinic. Direct referrals are not possible since the clinic is not staffed on other hours and the space is used by Columbia St. Mary's Family Care Center on days other than Saturdays.