When these two Vassar grads started college, they didn't know anything about primary care until they volunteered at the student-run free clinic. So when they launched a PCP chapter, they made it their mission to help educate their peers about primary care, too.
By Lanbo Yang (left) and Zoe Adams
When we started classes at Vassar College, we didn’t know anything about primary care. Our first exposure to the field was at the ECHO Clinic
, a free clinic in the South Bronx serving the uninsured in New York City. We spent summers volunteering at this clinic that’s run by Albert Einstein College medical students and family physicians. We saw people who had been rejected by other hospitals and denied treatment because they lacked insurance. They came in for Pap smears, diabetes counseling and annual check-ups. The family physicians we interacted with were some of the most compassionate, socially aware, and dedicated doctors we had ever encountered in a clinical setting. They worked extra hours on top of their already packed schedules to ensure these patients received the health care they deserved.