Quantifying quality of care at a PA student-led free diabetes clinic
American Academy of Physician Assistants
Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
In a system where the cost of medical care is prohibitive for uninsured patients, free clinics provide a safety net for accessible healthcare. These clinics often are staffed using a medical student-run model. Data specifically assessing clinics run by physician assistant (PA) students and supervised by PAs are limited. In 2017, a PA student-run clinic was implemented to provide care to patients with diabetes in an existing free clinic that primarily serves the Spanish-speaking population of a midsized urban city. The aim of this study was to evaluate the quality of care provided to a vulnerable population in a PA student-led model.