St. Vincent's Clinic
by: Jack Williams, January 2, 2006 5:01:00 am
Stephanie Lahr sits in one of the simplest exam rooms you'll ever see, inside an old, non-descript two story building a few blocks off of Broadway in one of the island's toughest neighorhoods. She's a fourth-year medical student at the University of Texas Medical Branch and one of three clinic co-directors at St. Vincent's.
Lahr and dozens of other UTMB students show up twice a week, on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings, to provide free medical care to people who've run out of options.
Inside a cramped supply room, Lahr is briefing fourth-year medical student Mandy Turner as she gets ready for about two dozen patients expected to show-up for treatment. Turner says don't let the clinic's humble surroundings fool you.
Students run the clinic's day-to-day operations, invaluable experience for soon-to-be doctors before they graduate, begin their residencies and in some cases, their own practices. Dr. Dennis Gore is a professor of surgery at UTMB and one of a number of physicians who advise the students at St. Vincent's.
St. Vincent's Clinic is part of St. Vincent's House, which has been serving Galveston's disadvantaged for more than 50 years.