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Clinics, Hospitals & Organizations

If you are interested in a shadowing opportunity or would like to know more about the ICM experience, please contact Lynn Kawabe at Lkawabe@usc.edu or call 323- 442-1678.

Please do not contact the clinics, hospitals, and organizations directly. Thank you.

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CLINICA OSCAR ROMERO

www.clinicaromero.com

123 South Alvarado Los Angeles, CA 90057

Clinica Oscar Romero is located in just west of downtown LA and frequented by many immigrants and others  without insurance. All ages and ranges of problems are seen.  The main language spoken is Spanish and since we don’t have enough interpreters, at least medical Spanish and is needed by all students who volunteer.  Our patients are primarily working poor.  They are grateful and attempt to be compliant with medical recommendations.  We serve all age groups.  The staff is  dedicated and includes some USC grads as well as  people from the neighborhood.  Clinica originated in the 80’s as a response to the needs of refugees fleeing the violence in El Salvador at that time.

Practice Arrangement:

We have both physicians and Nurse Practitioners and PAs.  The providers usually see their own patients and also several walk-ins each day. We have some HMO patients and Medical, some Medicare, but enroll patients primarily in Private Public Partnership for very low income persons.

Primary Care Specialties:

Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics.

Days and Hours of Operation:

Mon.,Tues., Wed., Thurs 8-8, Fri 9-1, Sat. 9-1.

Volunteer Information:

  • Volunteers should first check with Dr. Kendra Gorlitsky before arranging hours to volunteer
  • Evening volunteer hours are limited to Weds
  • Monday and Fridays volunteer hours 9-1 and first and 3rd Sat. only

Average # of Patients Seen Per Day:

Each provider sees approximately 9-12 patients per 4 hour shift

Languages Spoken at Clinic for Patient Population:

English, Spanish, and one Konjobal translator

Ethnicity of Patients:

Primarily Hispanic, scattering of the other groups as well

Gender of Patients:

More females than males but good sample of both

Age of Patients:

Full range

Other Practitioners Working in the Clinic:

MDs, PAs, NPs

Parking Information:

Directly across the street from the clinic

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FAMILY HEALTH CARE CENTER OF GREATER LOS ANGELES

www.fhccgla.org

6501 South Garfield Avenue Bell Gardens, CA 90201

(corner of Gage Avenue & Garfield Avenue)

The FHCCGLA Bell Gardens Family Medical Center has been serving the Bell Gardens community since 1925, when Dr. Henry Brainard opened the Mother’s Clinic. In 1951 the clinic was renamed Family Planning Centers of Greater Los Angeles, Inc. For many years the clinic was focused on reproductive services. In 2002, the organization was renamed Family Health Care Centers of Greater Los Angeles to reflect the evolutionary broader focus of health care services— comprehensive primary and preventive care to all age groups. FHCCGLA’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for men, women and children in the Greater Los Angeles area through the provision of high quality, accessible and affordable health care services.

For more than 75 years the Bell Gardens Family Medical Center has been the “family doctor” for the uninsured, low-income residents of the East Los Angeles service area, well regarded as the Safety Net Provider for patients and their families that now rely on it for comprehensive primary care services. In 2004, our Bell Gardens site applied for and received designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-Alike in an effort to better serve the agency’s target population. FHCCGLA is also licensed by the State of California as a community clinic, and provides services regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

Practice Arrangement :

Non-profit Community Health Center (CHC)

Days and Hours of operation:

Monday – Friday 7:45 am to 5:30 pm

Saturday 8 am to 1 pm

Open once a month on Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm

Primary Care Specialties:

Women’s Health Care – Services addressing the needs of the women including Pap smears, breast exams and mammograms, pregnancy testing, family planning, obstetrics/gynecology and prenatal care as well as colposcopy and cryosurgery.

Pediatrics – Services available to children include immunizations, adolescent and complete baby care, Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) program services, and healthy-living classes for adolescents with asthma and diabetes.

Male Services – Services include male examinations, prostate screening, family planning, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections

Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV Counseling and Testing – Patients are offered confidential testing and counseling for sexually transmitted infections and confidential or anonymous HIV-antibody testing.  Partner notification and treatment is also provided.

Health Outreach and Education – Highly trained, multicultural staff reaches out to, and advocates for, timely prevention and treatment services.  They emphasize the mitigation of cultural barriers that prevent individuals from accessing health care services.

Maternity Care/OB/GYN:

We provide prenatal care services through 36 weeks of gestation.  At 37 weeks of gestation our patients continue to be seen here however, are seen by a contracted OB/Gyn, Dr. B. Reyes.  All patients that are determined to be high risk are referred out to a local OB/Gyn for on-going care.

Average # of Patients Seen Per Day:

132 – 160

Languages Spoken at Clinic for Patient Population:

English, Spanish

Ethnicity of patients:

Caucasian 8.4%

Latino 82.6%

African American 6.5%

Asian or Pacific Islander 1.8%

Other 0.7%

Gender of Patients:

80% Female, 20% Male

Age of Patients:

Infants, 1-5 years, 6-18 years, Adult-70, Geriatric

Other Practitioners Working in the Clinic:

Practitioner Title FTE’s
M.D.’s 3
M.D/ Interim C.M.O.

(.4 FTE’s is dedicated towards administrative time & .4 seeing patients)

.4
R.N.P.-C 1
F.N.P./Nurse Administrator 1
R.N./Dispensary Supervisor 1
R.N. .5
L.C.S.W. .1

Parking Information:

    • In our main parking lot (the lot fills up quickly and spots are available on a first come basis), or
    • We also offer additional parking where we have a parking attendant available.  The lot is located on Gage Avenue and Darwell.  Go West on Gage and turn right on Darwell and immediately make a left into the alley located behind the hamburger stand.  Parking lot will be on your left side.
    • On Garfield Avenue (please ensure to adhere to the City’s parking signs to avoid tickets), or
    • On Foster Bridge

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HERALD CHRISTIAN HEALTH CLINIC

http://www.hchcla.org/

923 San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel, CA

Mission: “To provide quality and affordable holistic health care for the underserved (low income/no insurance).”

Practice Arrangement:

Community Health Center

Primary Care Specialties:

Internal Medicine

Days and Hours of Operation:

Tues-Fri 10-6:30 pm, Sat. 9-5 pm

Average # of Patients Seen Per Day:

See approximately an average of 20 patients per day.

Languages Spoken at Clinic for Patient Population:

English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Ethnicity of Patients:

>90% Asian

Gender of Patients:

60% Female, 40% Male

Age of Patients:

Ages 15 years old and above.

Procedures/Treatments Used at Clinic:

Mostly general Primary Care medicine. Occasionally, some pain management modalities are used involving acupuncture and trigger point injections (can be demonstrated if student interested).

Maternity care/OB/GYN?

Every Woman Counts (EWC) Program which is 2 days/month, providing free clinical breast exam, mammogram, pelvic exam, and Pap smear.

Other Practitioners Working in the Clinic:

P.A., Nurse Practitioner, M.D.

Parking Information:

Parking is reserved for patients mostly. Ample off-street parking is available.

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PATRICIA HARRIS OUTPATIENT CARE

I am a geriatrician who primarily makes home visits.  I see about 7-8 patients in a full day, or 4-5 in a half day.  These are generally homebound, frail individuals.  Not all are older–my youngest patient is 26.

I also see patients in the General Internal Medicine Clinic at 1520 San Pablo one-half day a week.  These are generally older people who still are quite functional.  Again, however, I do have younger patients, although rarely.

In both home and clinic visits, my focus is on maintaining function for elderly individuals, treating multiple chronic diseases, and paying special attention to geriatric syndromes.  I have many heart failure patients, patients with dementia, and patients with debilitating arthritis.

Practice Arrangement:

I am part of the “Doctors of USC”.

Primary Care Specialties:

Geriatrics and Palliative Care.

Days and Hours of Operation:

Home Visits: Weekdays 8:30 -12 and 1:30 -5.

Clinic: Friday 1:30 -4:30.

Average # of Patients Seen Per Day:

See approximately an average of 7 patients per day.

Languages Spoken at Clinic for Patient Population:

English–this can be a problem with some of my house calls.

Ethnicity of Patients:

About 25% Caucasian, 40% Latino, 5% African American, 25% Asian

Gender of Patients:

60% Female, 40% Male

Age of Patients:

Geriatrics- over the age of 60.

Procedures/Treatments Used at Clinic:

History and Physical, wound care, and knee injections.

Maternity care/OB/GYN?

No

Other Practitioners Working in the Clinic:

Pharmacist

Parking Information:

USC parking

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PROVIDENCE ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL

Dr. San San Wai is part of the  Providence  St. Joseph Medical staff outpatient ambulatory team.

Practice Arrangement: Multi-specialty group

Address: 2211 w magnolia blvd,suite 230, burbank, ca 91506

Days and Hours of operation: 800-500 pm M-F, There is no hospital rounding.

Average # of patients seen per day: 20

Languages spoken at clinic for patient population (in addition to English): Spanish, Arabic,

Ethnicity of patients: Caucasian55%, Latino15%, African American10%, Asian or Pacific Islander5%, Native America10%, Other5%

Gender of patients: Male 45%; Female55%

Age of patients Infants: 1-5 years0%, 6-18 years5%, Adult-70(85%), Geriatric 10%)

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SOUTH CENTRAL FAMILY HEALTH CENTER

www.scfhc.org

4425 South Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90011

South Central Family Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing a full spectrum of primary care for Spanish speaking indigent patients of all ages in South Central Los Angeles.  For volunteer work, we accept students who speak Spanish on a case-by-case basis.  We usually interview them to be sure the fit is good.  Spanish is required for this clinic.

Practice Arrangement:

Clinic.

Primary Care Specialties:

Family Medicine.

Days and Hours of Operation:

Mon– Sat, 7 – 6 p.m.

Average # of Patients Seen Per Day:

See approximately an average of 20 patients per day.

Languages Spoken at Clinic for Patient Population:

English and Spanish

Ethnicity of Patients:

About 90% Latino, 5% African American, 5% Other

Gender of Patients:

65% Female, 35% Male

Age of Patients:

All Ages.

Procedures/Treatments Used at Clinic:

IUD placement, Colonoscopy, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy  

Maternity care/OB/GYN?

Yes

Other Practitioners Working in the Clinic:

P.A., Nurse Practitioner, M.D., Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychiatrist, and Nutritionist

Parking Information:

Parking is available.

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ST. JOHN’S OF GOD RETIREMENT AND CARE CENTER

http://www.stjohnofgodseniors.org/

2468 South St. Andrews Place, Los Angeles

The Mission of St. John of God Retirement and Care Center is to provide a community in which people can live and work together with dignity and hope. We are committed to three concepts: Hospitality, Respect, and Healing. Within our community we have four levels of care that reflects our mission of Hospitality, Respect, and Healing. The four levels of care include our Care Center, Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), Assisted Living Facility St. Richard Pampuri, a locked Alzheimer’s Building St. Benedict Menni, and an Independent Living Facility, Grande Apartments.

Skilled Nursing receives the personalized care and therapies needed for short term or long term stay. Skilled Nursing provides twenty-four hours of care and complete rehabilitation services. I.V. Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy are available. Our skilled nursing is Medicare and Medicaid certified.  The capacity of our skilled nursing is 131 licensed beds.

Assisted living is licensed as a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly, (RCFE) which assist seniors with daily living activities. The RCFE is regulated by the Department of Social Services. The capacity of our Residential Units is 110 licensed beds. We provide the following services to our assisted living residents: bathing, dressing, grooming, housekeeping, activities, transportation, 24-hour supervision, and administering medication. Higher acute needs of the residents are outsourced to physicians, psychologist, psychiatrists, podiatrist, and dentist. We offer parking to residents and visitors located at our underground parking structure.

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THE WESTSIDE HEALTH CARE CENTER

http://www.aidshealth.org/

99 North La Cienega Blvd Suite 200, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 (Subject to change; Moving)

The Westside Health care Center is located in Beverly Hills, California. It is one of 7 primary care HIV clinics operated by the AIDS Health care Foundation in Los Angeles County.  We focus on comprehensive care for HIV-infected adults, including preventive medicine, diagnosis and management of HIV co-mobidities, sexually transmitted diseases, Hepatitis B/C co-infection, high grade anal dysplasia, psychiatric conditions, and multi-drug resistant HIV by using novel antiretrovirals in Phase III clinical trials.  Because the life expectancy for those infected with HIV is predicted to be similar to uninfected individuals, primary care is an essential component of the care we provide to our patients.

Practice Arrangement:

Community health care center with additional specialists.  We also have our own pharmacy attached to the health care center.

Primary Care Specialties:

Psychiatry, Hepatology, Anal Cancer Prevention

Days and Hours of Operation:

Mon – Friday: 8:30am – 5:30pm.

Average # of Patients Seen Per Day:

15

Languages Spoken at Clinic for Patient Population:

English, Spanish

Ethnicity of Patients:

50% Caucasian, 20% Latino, 20% Black, 10% other

Gender of Patients:

Male: 85% Female: 15%

Age of Patients Infants:

18-29: 20%; 30-39: 30%; 40-49: 30%; 50-59: 10%; >60: 10%

Procedures and Treatments:

Lumbar puncture, skin biopsy, anal colposcopy, cryotherapy, electrocautery

Maternity Care/OB/GYN:

None

Other Practitioners Working in the Clinic:

Psychiatrist (1), Medical social worker (1), Dietitian (1), Nurse practitioner (2), infectious disease specialist (1), family practitioner (1), primary internist (1), HIV Fellow (1), Clinical trial research specialist (3)

Parking Information:

Parking is offered.