The HUG Clinic provides an integrated learning experience for healthcare professional students, focusing on the physical therapy and sonography disciplines. Students currently pursuing a career in these disciplines can only participate in clinical practice after completing an entire didactic semester. The HUG Clinic provides more opportunities to gain hands-on experience throughout the program, allowing students to integrate course learning by treating patients instead of role-playing case studies with peers. The benefits of ‘real’ patient interaction include; improved interpersonal communication, critical-thinking skills and improved depth of understanding of didactic materials. Students must teach the patients about treatments, adapt their skills, and inform the patients about certain procedures. The HUG Clinic has expanded its services to include free pulmonary maintenance. Provided by the respiratory care program, this service will conduct maintenance exercise for individuals with lung disease. Individualized exercise will be both strength training and aerobic.
In addition to the real-world experience, the HUG Clinic also provides continuous integration of classroom material with practical application of the work skill set required of students, reducing the on-the-job training needed and it benefits the GateWay community and eventually beyond by offering an affordable adjunct to primary care health services.
A grant from Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction supported the establishment of the clinic. Additional funding, (including an option for GateWay employees to contribute on their annual campaign forms) and/or grant money is being pursued to expand the program. The vision is to roll out the clinics on a free basis to GateWay and the community.
In the future, plans include incorporating other specialty services such as radiation therapy, nursing and health unit coordinating. Immunizations Partnerships / Sponsors