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Sep 9, 2012 2:59 PM by Lacey Steele

Medical students care for homeless patients in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) - The University of Hawaii medical students have treated homeless shelter patients more than 7,600 times in the six years since the university started its homeless outreach program.

The John A. Burns School of Medicine said Friday nearly 450 medical students have volunteered for the program since 2006.

Students set up mobile medical clinics three times a week at state-sponsored shelters in Kakaako, Waianae and Kalaeloa.

The program also takes its mobile clinic van once a month to the United Methodist Church in Honolulu to care for homeless people not living on the streets and not in shelters.

The Hawaii Homeless Outreach and Medical Education Project is featured in the September issue of the Hawaii Journal of Medicine & Public Health.

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