Student Organizations & Resources : DOCS

DOCS Mission Statement

Enlisting the participation of students and physicians of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is dedicated to providing quality healthcare to the under-served populations in South Florida through:

Leading: Fostering students’ leadership abilities among peers, colleagues and patients.

Training: Through practical experience, each participating student will demonstrate proficiency in the clinical skills to be performed.

Educating: Realizing the importance of not only educating ourselves, but also our patients and the communities in which they live.

Executive Director: Ashley Taggart,

Faculty Advisor: Amar Deshponde, MD,

Founded in 2000, DOCS is a student run, non-profit organization endorsed by the UMMSM administration. In 2006, DOCS received a generous donation and was officially renamed the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service. Last year DOCS brought health screening and educational services to over 1,500 patients through the volunteer efforts of over 250 medical students and 50 physicians. This year we estimate at least 2,000 patients will be served. DOCS holds annual fairs in 8 different needy communities in Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Broward counties and a free weekly clinic for medically underserved populations. We screen for the most prevalent diseases in our community including; hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, vision loss, obesity, and depression, as well as colon, breast, cervical, and skin cancers. Using a referral system of free clinics, we also act as a portal for entry to care for those patients identified to be at risk.