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Postcard from Skid Row

Fernando Antelo, M.D. ’07 (right, in white coat), with patient during LACHC Foot Washing Clinic.

Fernando Antelo, M.D. ’07 (right, in white coat), with patient during LACHC Foot Washing Clinic.

Fernando Antelo, M.D. '07, completed his residency in June 2012 and is currently a fellow at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center.

The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has many opportunities for students to be involved in the community. When I was a student, I volunteered with numerous programs, such as the Mobile Clinic Project at UCLA and the Latino Medical Student Association's Lennox Health Fair. Now, as a pathologist who trained at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, I continue to look for clinical volunteering opportunities, especially with organizations that provide comprehensive primary and mental-health services to the homeless and underserved residents of Los Angeles. I recently participated in a program to help the homeless on Skid Row.

Having gone to high school just a few minutes away from Joshua House Clinic, the Skid Row location of the Los Angeles Christian Health Centers (LACHC), I was eager to participate and serve in a neighborhood that played a role in my formative years. On April 6,I jumped in with both feet as one of 15 volunteer physician-providers at LACHC's Foot Washing Clinic. During the five-hour event, 375 individuals,with chronic conditions, had their feet washed and treated. I experienced a great sense of satisfaction and look forward to the next event.

LACHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center.For more information, visit www.lachc.com.  

To volunteer, contact Cheryl Barnes at cbarnes@lachc.com or Jimmy Lam at jlam@lachc.com.

 





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