The Promise Clinic is a volunteer based clinic operated by medical students from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Our goals are aligned to the core missions of RWJMS: patient care, education, community service, and research.
Through Promise Clinic, the uninsured and under-served communities of New Brunswick, NJ have access to primary health care that they could not otherwise receive. The clinic also serves as an opportunity for early clinical exposure for medical students in their pre-clinical years. We provide both patient and peer education, as students in their clinical years teach pre-clinical students the basics of the physical exam and management of chronic health conditions. We also collect data on the characteristics of our patient population and use this research to optimize the our service and care.
What makes us unique?
The Promise Clinic is an entirely student-run clinic that aims to provide free primary care to the clients of Elijah's Promise Soup Kitchen in New Brunswick, NJ. Our patients are uninsured and many are afflicted with common chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. We are affiliated with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
The Promise Clinic is built upon a continuity of care model. Each new patient is paired with a team of medical students from all levels of training. The assigned student-doctor team will be responsible for the patient's care throughout the patient's stay with clinic, ensuring continuity that is characteristic of primary care. Under the close supervision of volunteer attending physicians, medical students are committed to providing an encompassing range of care for our patients.
What care do we provide?
Promise Clinic provides basic health maintenance screenings by monitoring blood pressure and blood sugar levels. We also provide prescription medications, basic laboratory blood work, and vaccinations, all free of charge to patients.
We offer psychiatric care for non-emergent cases with the assistance of volunteer Psychiatry resident physicians from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. We also assist qualifying patients in applying for Charity Care so that they may meet Specialty Care needs such as Optometry, Podiatry, Endocrinology, Cardiology, etc.