The DOCS Community Health Leadership conference is an annual event for medical students held by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Community Service with the simple goals of improving medical student involvement, health outreach, and community service. Student leaders from different medical schools form across the country gather to discuss common challenges that student organizations face in planning and implementing community health projects. Attendees will have the opportunity to represent a service organization from their home institution, share strategies and ideas for community involvement, and get hands-on medical experience at UM’s biggest health fair of the year in the Florida Keys.
DOCS (Department of Community Service) is a student run, non-profit organization of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. DOCS develops, coordinates, and aids in the implementation of community health initiatives as the “umbrella organization” for student-run health fairs and weekly clinics.
Through the DOCS Community Leadership Conference and Retreat, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss common challenges that medical student organizations across the nation face in planning and implementing community health projects. This will be accomplished through power-point presentations given by each participating school, problem-solving break out sessions, and interactive discussions. The attendees will also learn how they can implement the DOCS model to help strengthen their own medical schools’ community service efforts.
The Retreat also provides hands-on experiences as attendees are paired-up with a DOCS student leader while they volunteer at the DOCS Florida Keys Health Fairs. This experience will develop knowledge and skills of health care delivery while enhancing the health and well-being of the Florida Keys community.
More about DOCS Community Service Initiatives:
Health Fairs Last year, DOCS brought health screening and educational services to over 2,000 patients. Each year, DOCS holds “health fairs” in 9 different underserved communities in Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Broward counties. We screen for the most prevalent diseases in those communities including: hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, vision loss, obesity, osteoporosis, and depression, as well as colon, breast, cervical, and skin cancers.
Free Clinics DOCS operates two free weekly student-run clinics for medically underserved populations. The free clinics also function as a follow-up referral resource, thereby acting as a portal of entry to ongoing care for patients identified to be at risk at the community health fairs.