• <p>University of Rochester student Stephen Hassig takes the blood pressure of Hubert Wilkenson, a security member at the House of Mercy.   </p>

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    University of Rochester student Stephen Hassig takes the blood pressure of Hubert Wilkenson, a security member at the House of Mercy.

  • Kelly Sherman talks about his medical history with University of Rochester medical student Emily Norkett Sept. 27 at the House of Mercy, a homeless shelter in Rochester.

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    Kelly Sherman talks about his medical history with University of Rochester medical student Emily Norkett Sept. 27 at the House of Mercy, a homeless shelter in Rochester.
  • José Santiago returns to the House of Mercy after a checkup at the University of Rochester's Street Medicine mobile unit.

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    José Santiago returns to the House of Mercy after a checkup at the University of Rochester's Street Medicine mobile unit.
  • Katrina Green has her blood pressure taken by University of Rochester medical student Anisha Gundewar at the House of Mercy Sept. 27.

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    Katrina Green has her blood pressure taken by University of Rochester medical student Anisha Gundewar at the House of Mercy Sept. 27.
  • Ann Hughes receives a checkup from University of Rochester medical students at St. Luke's Tabernacle Community Church in Rochester Sept. 13 as part of the school's UR Well student-run clinic system that provides free medical care.

    Courier photos by Jeff Witherow

    Ann Hughes receives a checkup from University of Rochester medical students at St. Luke's Tabernacle Community Church in Rochester Sept. 13 as part of the school's UR Well student-run clinic system that provides free medical care.

University of Rochester medical students help the homeless

Annette Jiménez / Catholic Courier    |    10.02.2017
Category: Respect Life


Efforts to provide medical care for underserved populations has taken students from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry to the streets to serve the homeless in Rochester.

More than 60 students from the medical school volunteer on a rotating basis to travel around Rochester during the evening hours to care for the area’s homeless, said Adrienne Morgan, senior director for the medical school’s Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education and Diversity. At least once a week, three to four students and an attending physician travel throughout the city using a van that students raised money for and purchased two years ago. They treat everything from frostbite to such chronic conditions as diabetes and hypertension, Morgan said.

Caring for homeless individuals has given Stephen Hassig, a second-year medical student and MBA candidate at the Simon Business School, a fresh perspective on the local homeless situation as well as made him feel renewed gratitude for his own blessings.

“This opportunity also challenged me to put myself in uncomfortable situations with the ultimate goal of helping my fellow man. How could I turn that down?” he added.

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