Jamie Torok '13 (Cincinnati) said the professors and doctors in Marietta College's Physician Assistant Studies Program are among the best of the best.
But Torok added that she and her classmates also gain some invaluable experience working the Washington County Free Clinic.
"This allows us to get out in the community that we live in right now, and it also helps us become well-rounded in patient care before we even begin the clinical phase," said Torok, president of the College Physician Assistant Student Society (MCPASS).
That group recently donated $500 to the Washington County Free Clinic.
"It's just a small way for us to give back," Torok said.
The clinic is open to residents of Washington County ages 19 to 64 who don't have health insurance and whose income is below the 200 percent federal poverty guidelines. The clinic is open from 6 to 9 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month, with a team of volunteer medical providers treating patients. The only paid position is the clinical nurse manager position.
The clinic, in Marietta College's Physician Assistant Program building on Third Street, was opened due to the efforts of the access committee of the Washington County Community Health Council.
They raised the money for the free clinic by recycling, selling snacks within their own student lounge, and holding a parking fundraiser during the annual sternwheel festival.