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Elective Title: 93YX710 — CARE FOR THE UNDERSERVED


This elective provides medical students and residents an opportunity to gain experience in caring for underserved populations at well established community health centers. A majority of these clinics are located in inner city Indianapolis where a large number of working poor, minorities, and limited English proficiency people live. The month-long experience will emphasize high quality of care for underserved populations, cultural competence, and medical Spanish utilizing clinical experience in a full spectrum Family Medicine practice in a community health center setting.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Javier Sevilla ( jsevilla@iupui.edu )

Director: Javier Sevilla-Martir, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Various communities throughout Indianapolis

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Describe the importance of high quality medical care for underserved populations based on their experiences at inner city clinical sites (SBP5)
  • 2) Explain causes of health care disparities and barriers to care (SBP2)
  • 3) Explain awareness of the need for culturally competent care oriented toward the growing Hispanic community of Indianapolis (P2)
  • 4) Demonstrate effective communication with Hispanic/Latino patients at clinical encounters as observed by preceptor (ISC3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation; research report and presentation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status; student should have completed family Medicine clerkship and possess basic Spanish skills

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 60% Clinical; 20% Seminars; 20% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Javier Sevilla ( jsevilla@iupui.edu ) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH. Please contact Dr. Sevilla to schedule after the initial computer match.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Medical students participating in the elective course work with pharmacy students and faculty during clinic hours at the anticoagulation clinic at the Family Medicine Center and average of 4 hours per week

Service Learning Included: None