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Ariz. college opens clinic to community

Photo​: GateWay Community College

​GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Ariz., on Thursday opened its new Healthcare United at GateWay​ (HUG) Clinic to the community.

The HUG Clinic provides ultrasound and physical therapy assisting services and was piloted with students, faculty and staff of GateWay last spring, with the intent to expand and open to the community this fall. It’s the first and only pro bono clinic on a community college campus in Maricopa County and the only ultrasound program in the country that’s offering services like it.

Students are providing the services, with oversight by faculty experts, and are gaining valuable skills.

“Students from the diagnostic medical sonography (ultrasound), physical therapy assisting and the health unit coordinating programs will benefit from the clinic because it will provide them experience working with patients and patient records, as well as experience needed before working at a clinical site,” said Jessica Goodman, a physical therapy assistant instructor.

Clinicals for students

The HUG Clinic meets all the state requirements and just received its license on Tuesday, according to college officials.

“Inspections were done by the Arizona Department of Health Services, so we have met all state requirements for providing a safe and healthy work environment for our students as well as our patients,” said Malka Stromer, an ultrasound instructor at the college.

The clinic will be affiliated with the Maricopa Integrated Health Systems. In addition, University of Arizona ​medical students–both residents and fellows–may soon have an opportunity to fulfill specialty rotations in ultrasound at the facility.

GateWay’s nursing students also may start clinical days this spring. Students would perform basic assessments for all ages, with supervision from a faculty nurse practitioner.