Wesley Health Center

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Program Overview

The Wesley Health Center (WHC) is a Federally Qualified Health Center that serves the population of downtown Phoenix, many of whom are medically underserved and may not otherwise have access to care. 

WHC is open all day, but medical students and an attending family medicine physician run the night clinic from 6:00-10:00 on Tuesdays, and Thursdays. On a typical night, 6-8 patients have appointments scheduled at the night clinic. Each student may end up seeing 1-3 patients. WHC has 8 patient rooms and an in-house lab.

Mondays are Diabetes Nights, during which patients attend diabetes management seminars and go to the clinic for check-ups. The second Tuesday of each month is typically Dermatology Night, and dermatologic cases are seen in addition to the usual night clinic.

What to Expect

  • MS1's and MS2's work alongside

  • MS3's and MS4's under supervision of an attending physician

  • A portion of the population the WHC serves are ESL (English Second Language) and for some visits one of Wesley's interpreters may be included in your encounter

  • Students should expect to be involved in all clinical aspects of patient visits, including:

    • Rooming their patient

    • Obtaining and recording vital signs

    • Taking efficient patient histories

    • Performing physical exams

    • Seeing or doing procedures

    • Lab studies

    • Documentation (SOAP note) - students' notes are submitted to the attending physician for approval and constructive feedback

  • Students should expect the Wesley Health Center to be a fun and educational experience that allows them the opportunity to connect with patients, improve your skills and prepare you for clerkships while providing a much-needed service in our community!

Get Involved!

  • MS1s can participate after completing clinical skills training and Wesley orientation

  • Look for the Wesley Health Center Sign-up email from the Wesley Student Leader on the 20th of each month

  • One shift at Wesley earns each volunteer 4 CHIP hours

  • If clinic is has to be cancelled, each volunteer will still receive 1 CHIP hour


Professional dress - no white coats, ties are discouraged

  • Scrubs are okay if you’re coming from a clerkship
  • Stethoscope and other physical exam materials you use
  • ROS/SOAP note outlines (new students)
  • A pen
University of Arizona and Phoenix Biomedical Campus IDs


Learning Objectives

    - Comprehend the cultural, financial, and social influences on health in a clinic dedicated to the underserved in Phoenix.
    - Competently perform history- taking, physical examination, laboratory work, and diagnostic testing in a clinic dedicated to the underserved in Phoenix.
    - Practice and perfect the knowledge and skills obtained in the Doctoring curriculum while providing respectful and effective patient care.
    - Competently document medical encounters.

    - In the 3rd and 4th years of medical school, competently supervise underclassmen and participate in helping them to achieve LO's 1-4 above.

Program Leadership

Clinic Director:     Dr. Kathleen Brite, MD

Learn more about all the providers here: 

Student Leader:     Jessica Reyes 

Thanks for stopping by to learn more about the community-centric clinic that is the Wesley Health Center!

Hello! My name is Jessica, your WHC student leader for 2017.  I am here to facilitate monthly scheduling for night clinic and to answer any questions you may have related to Wesley.  You can expect monthly e-mails from me regarding sign-ups. I will do my best to send sign-ups out on the 20th of each month, after 5pm. This may change if day is on a weekend or if anything else comes up… but I will try my very best to stick to this! Slots may go quickly, so make sure to keep your computer or phone nearby! 

A little bit about me, I began volunteering as a Spanish interpreter at Wesley Health Center as an undergraduate student in 2009. Through the years, I repeatedly returned to Wesley because I truly believe in the efforts put forth to meet the health needs of our community. Having grown up in Phoenix (and very near to Wesley), I have seen the importance of the work carried out to provide medical care, and have had the privilege to witness the expansion and impact of this work. I am very passionate about giving back to my community and committed to doing a great job organizing, managing, and ensuring that the Wesley CHIP Program continues to thrive.  Wesley is a super fun and educational experience! Again, please contact me if you have any questions or if there is anything else that I can help you with.