Three fifth-year UMKC School of Medicine student members of the Kansas City Free Eye Clinic represented the organization and presented at the February meeting of the Society for Student Run Free Clinics National Conference in Anaheim, California.
Mrigank Gupta, Ravali Gummi, and Ahsan Hussain presented a poster, “Distinctive Demographics of an Inner City Free Eye Clinic,” that discussed a research project exploring the effects of the clinic on Kansas City’s population.
“The poster that we presented was unique because it was the only poster that focused on eye care in the underserved population,” Gupta said.
Members of the society viewed posters by student organizations from medical schools throughout the country. Participants heard an inspirational talk from Rumi Abdul Cader, M.D., who started a free clinic in Los Angeles while a medical student at the UCLA School of Medicine.
Gupta said the knowledge the students gained from the conference would help them improve the efficiency of the KCFEC and its outreach to Kansas City’s uninsured population.