Computed Tomography Section Head Utah Radiology Associates
The Jim Slotnick Fellowship at the LA Free Clinic was a wonderful experience for me. Not only was it my first real exposure to clinical medicine and hands on experience, but, more importantly, it allowed me to interact with diverse people from many backgrounds and gain insight into socioeconomic issues affecting access to basic healthcare. I gained a new appreciation for the struggles to receive basic healthcare, not only of the truly indigent, but the working poor without health insurance. During that summer I was also able to help create some patient information brochures on common medical conditions to be distributed in the Clinic.
My experience provided a solid initial clinical foundation for my medical career and also helped me to understand and empathize with people from all walks of life. I hope I was able to do some good while there, because in the end I know I was changed for the better.