“An Organizational Model and Growth of a Free-Standing Physical Therapy Student-Run Clinic”


 Student-run medical free clinics are becoming a way for students to engage and serve their local com-munities while improving and growing their own professional skills. Widener University has become one of these institutions of higher education in which their professional programs have embraced service-learning and community engagement into their curriculum. The Institute for Physical Therapy Educa-tion at Widener University has added to the institution’s civil mission by opening the Chester Commu-nity Physical Therapy Clinic on September 15, 2009. The clinic is completely student-run and follows an organizational model that implements a student board, which with the help of faculty, oversees the daily function of the clinic. Over the last six years, the student board has striven to develop the organi-zational model to provide the most competent, professional, and consistent care to the clinic’s clients. We hope that this descriptive article can serve as a guide for others who wish to begin or improve upon their own student-run clinics that serve their respective communities. 

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