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UCSD Will Open Student-Run Health Clinic In Tijuana

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To coincide with the meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University, UCSD said it will open a new student-run health clinic in Tijuana. Medical students from both the U.S. and Mexico will be involved.

— To coincide with the meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University, UCSD said it will open a new student-run health clinic in Tijuana. Medical students from both the U.S. and Mexico will be involved.

UCSD medical students came up with the idea of the Tijuana clinic. School faculty will make the clinic part of new course. Students will learn about the challenges of providing care in Tijuana as they work alongside their Mexican counterparts.

Steffanie Strathdee is chief of UCSD's division of global public health. She said it's important for medical students to work with under-served populations.

"But it's even more important for them to get outside of their own communities, and to experience another culture," Strathdee emphasized. "And this gives us the opportunity to do both."

The clinic is scheduled to open at the end of April. It will operate on Saturdays in a building on the periphery of Tijuana's red light district.

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