The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic (PNC)
The Phillips Neighborhood Clinic (PNC) is run by student health professionals from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Students and faculty from the College of Pharmacy play key roles in planning, governance and care delivery for the clinic, which is open two nights a week and serves an underserved, economically-disadvantaged, predominantly immigrant population in east Minneapolis.
Students perform many roles in the clinic, from patient intake and accompanying patients through the various steps of care, to running the dispensary for a limited formulary of prescription medications (prescriptions for non-formulary medications are written to be taken to participating nearby pharmacies) and counseling patients about their medications. All steps are supervised by clinical faculty who volunteer at the PNC.
The student volunteers use an interprofessional approach in which they combine their skills to find the best care for the patients — one of only a few student-run clinics in the nation using this method. About 300 University of Minnesota students from the fields of medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, nursing, nutrition, social work and public health provide care at the clinic run solely by student volunteers under the supervision of licensed clinicians.