Casa de Salud provides fertile soil for teaching students how to engage themselves in direct patient care. Hands-on experience is a vital component to any student who hopes to enter into a professional medical training program. Roughly, out of 47 students that have previously volunteered at Casa de Salud for a year of service, 38 are currently enrolled in medical training programs of their choice. Casa de Salud prides itself in the workforce development that helps to pipeline eager, dedicated students and volunteers into a robust and caring health/healing workforce.
How we do it:
We rely on the hard work and dedication of our CNM/UNM students! Students volunteer their time to gain invaluable training and hands on experience addressing critical healthcare needs in New Mexico. Casa de Salud engages the students in an apprentice model, better preparing them for a future in any health field, including but not limited to nursing, medicine, acupuncture.
Students stay with us for 1-2 years; medical assistants at other clinics often have quicker turnaround.
Our students are trained in cultural humility and anti-racism values and are selected for ability to connect with patients from diverse backgrounds.
We estimate our health apprentices save our clinic and patients well over $120,000 per year.