Dr. Ted Goodfriend – #VoicesofJAF

July 15, 2016 by mitchellcohen
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 16:  Attendees and award winners are seen at the Jefferson Awards Foundation 2016 National Ceremony on June 16, 2016 in Washington City.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Jefferson Awards Foundation)

“They carry that message of help to the underserved into their practices and people have come back to me and said this inspired them to start to work for the underserved in their communities after they graduated.” – Dr. Ted Goodfriend on his students at the MEDiC program

Dr. Ted Goodfriend’s medical students were bored. Tired of chemistry classes, they wanted hands on experience practicing what they came to medical school to learn: how to care for people. Dr. Goodfriend decided to put them to work. He formed the MEDiC program, which are student-run free clinics that provide medical care to those who need it throughout Madison, WI. Today, there are 8 clinics that serve over 2,000 people each year.

In June, Dr. Goodfriend won a Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefitting Local Communities at the Jefferson Awards Foundation National Ceremony.

The first student run clinic served homeless men sheltered at the Grace Episcopal Church. Today there are also clinics for women, children, and psychiatric care. Not only do these clinics provide desperately needed services and invaluable medical training, but they also inspire young medical students to continue serving those in need throughout their careers.

“The benefits extend beyond the clients, because the students become inspired.” Dr. Goodfriend says. “They come to the clinics exhausted at the end of their day, and they go home exhilarated. Can’t fall asleep. They carry that message of help to the underserved into their practices and people have come back to me and said this inspired them to start to work for the underserved in their communities after they graduated.”

Dr. Goodfriend was selected by WKOW to attend our National Ceremony. The WKOW Jefferson Awards are sponsored by Group Health Cooperative.

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