The Unity Clinic aims to provide a meaningful, interprofessional, clinical experience with real-world applications to OUHSC students. The project began in the Spring of 2017 with the ultimate vision of an interdisciplinary, mobile, student-led clinic. The foundation of the clinic was built by the Planning Committee which consisted of 12 student leaders from the seven colleges on the HSC campus, and OU social work students, in conjunction with the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs at OUHSC. Exploration of the structural, logistical, and practicality of this vision was undertaken by the Planning Committee. A detailed evaluation of comparable initiatives nationally, on the HSC campus, and possible community stakeholders was developed.
By using the information gathered by the team, a working model was developed that ultimately became the blueprint for the Unity Clinic Pilot. This included the mission, values, and possible team structure for the clinic. Based on this, the team subsequently outlined three milestones in the development of the Unity Clinic:
- Structure: create a sustainable, replicable, standardized clinic model that allows all students to participate in a meaningful way.
- Integration: foster institutional support for the clinic model and incorporate the Unity Clinic within the OUHSC infrastructure.
- Mobilization: add a mobile unit to the clinic to serve the greater state of Oklahoma.
To promote clinical interdisciplinary/interprofessional collaboration between current and future healthcare providers while delivering patient-centered, high-quality health care to under-served populations of Oklahoma.
- Foster a sense of respect and understanding for students and providers of all disciplines.
- Promote professionalism and teamwork to achieve the principles of total patient care.
- Create educational opportunities for future providers that demonstrate the ideal provider-patient relationship, interprofessional clinical skills, and help instill the role of health care in today's society.
- Respect the autonomy and dignity of every patient.
- Provide equality and equity of care to under-served patients regardless of socioeconomic status, employment status, race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, or political affiliation.
- Provide patients with continuity of care or alternative methods to receive care.
- Provide education to promote better health care in the community.
- Strive for environmental sustainability in all aspects of the clinic.