Medical Student Run Free Clinic at Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

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Texas Tech University Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM)


Michael Parsa El Paso

Professor Dr. Michael Parsa teaches classes at Texas Tech University, where he serves as full time clinical faculty member. His commitment to medicine and his university extends beyond his professional obligations, and Dr. Michael Parsa accordingly volunteers his time with the school’s student-run free clinic near El Paso.

Texas Tech University’s Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) prides itself on its leadership in medical education. In addition to being the only medical school in the United States to require competency in medical Spanish, PLFSOM operates the innovative Medical Student Run Free Clinic. This no-cost medical facility provides care to patients who cannot otherwise afford it in the greater Sparks, Texas, community.

While both students and faculty members volunteer their time in the clinic, it is entirely run by medical students. They handle every aspect of clinic operations, from administrative duties to critical triage decisions. What began in 2013 as a once-monthly clinic has grown to a bi-weekly operation in just three years, thanks to the dedicated all-volunteer staff.