To celebrate the launch of their PCP chapter, students at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine joined forces with family medicine and pediatrics clubs to offer free physicals to local Boy Scouts so the Scouts could attend summer camp. Here's how they did it.
By Colin Peters
When PCOM’s PCP chapter, founded in November 2013, planned its launch event, we wanted to follow in the footsteps of other PCP chapters who had started student-run free clinics
. However, we quickly realized that this wasn’t a realistic dream for our situation. PCOM
already has several clinics scattered throughout the area. While none of these are student-run, we felt that convincing the institution that another clinic would be beneficial seemed a daunting task that our new chapter wasn’t ready to undertake. So we came up with the idea of public health screenings. After we struggled to secure any leads to pursue the idea, Ash Cochran, our chapter president, recalled his own Boy Scout
leader’s initiative to hire a doctor to give their entire troop of 20 kids the physicals they needed to attend camp. We decided to return the kindness.