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USF Health TBSM Refugee Clinic addresses the healthcare needs of the area’s diverse refugee population

As the day wanes, medical student volunteers with the USF Health Tampa Bay Street Medicine (TBSM) Refugee Clinic are inventorying medical supplies and vaccines before patients arrive for evening appointments.

“In the past six months our patient population doubled,” Azd Al-Mashal, MD, co-founder of the USF Health TBSM Refugee Clinic, said before the start of another busy Wednesday night.

The USF Health TBSM Refugee Clinic provides free medical care to refugees from all over the world, adults and children who now have a common bond of being refugees in the Tampa area. TBSM is a student-run organization dedicated to improving the health of vulnerable populations in our community. The TBSM Refugee Clinic offers medical provider visits, prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, labs, imaging, mental health services, preventative care and hygiene kits to refugees and asylum seekers who don’t have insurance. The clinic is held twice a month, evenings on the second and fourth Wednesday, at USF Health Carol and Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare.

“Ten years down the line, I definitely want to see Refugee Clinic continuing its incredible momentum of growth,” said Richa Bisht, MD, the former co-director of the USF Health TBSM Refugee Clinic.

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