The HOYA Clinic is a nonprofit, student-run free clinic that caters to the needs of the homeless and uninsured of the District of Columbia. It is located in Southeast D.C. in the building of the former D.C. General Hospital. It operates Tuesday and Wednesday nights with walk-in hours form 6pm-7:30pm.[1]

Mission statement

The Mission of the Georgetown HOYA Clinic is to establish a partnership between Georgetown University, Georgetown University Hospital and the District of Columbia Community. In doing this, they seek to provide quality care to underserved families in the spirit of Social Justice and Cura Personalis. They strive to create a respectful atmosphere in which providers and patients work together as partners to improve access to community-based care and to foster volunteerism. They aim to educate students about the socioeconomic inequalities that manifest themselves as health disparities. Ultimately, they hope to empower patients with the knowledge to improve their own health and enhance their well-being.



In the spring of 2006, the director of the D.C. Village Emergency Family Shelter approached Georgetown Hospital physician Dr. Matthew Levy about expanding healthcare service at the shelter. Dr. Levy found an overwhelming interest among Georgetown University medical students in starting what would become the first student-driven clinic in the District of Columbia.[2]

Throughout the spring and summer of 2006, students researched existing student-driven clinics across the country. In the fall of 2006, around 70 students gathered to decide the clinic’s mission. The HOYA Clinic would serve the needs of underserved homeless families and address the educational objectives of Georgetown students. Ultimately, the group wanted to create a clinic that offered its patients the same level of care they would receive coming to Georgetown University Hospital.

The students began the work of creating a clinic by dividing into subcommittees including Operations, Budget, Fundraising, Education, Insurance/Referral, Laboratory/Pharmacy, Scheduling/Recruitment and Evaluation/Annual Report. These groups then decided the specifics of the clinic. The fundraising subcommittee raised $40,000 for the clinic through events and private donations, and Georgetown University School of Medicine’s Dean, Dr. Stephen Ray Mitchell, matched these funds in 2007. The District of Columbia government, through the Coalition for the Homeless, also provided substantial financial support and renovated several rooms within the DC Village shelter for the HOYA clinic. Additionally, students secured a four-year $30,000 Caring for Community Grant through the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The first six student “clinic coordinators” were chosen to help run the clinic from 2007-2008: Sean Levy, Katie McKenna, Pati Notario, Karla Polk, Patrick Tierney and Zach Wallace. The clinic coordinators began their work by compiling contact information for referrals to other healthcare providers, purchasing supplies for the first few months of the clinic, delineating the volunteer training process, and preparing the new clinic site to see patients.


On September 18, 2007 the HOYA Clinic at D.C. Village opened its doors.[3][4] The clinic offered pediatric services under the direction of Dr. Levy, and was fortunate to find a dedicated partner from Internal Medicine in Dr. Eileen Moore to oversee the care of adult patients. Over the course of the following 6 weeks, Drs. Levy and Moore drove students and a member of the Nurse Magnet Champion Program to DC Village where the clinic provided care for over 75 patients. These volunteers worked together to establish diagnoses and plans for their patients, successfully made referrals, confronted the difficulties their patients experienced in obtaining medications, and participated in high risk cases like thyroid storm and a new diagnosis of HIV/AIDS.

Due to changes in D.C. government and the closure of D.C. Village, the HOYA Clinic was relocated to D.C. General Hospital, where a temporary family shelter was established.[5] The new site opened December 18, 2007. The new site operates on Tuesday nights and in October 2009 it expanded to two nights a week, the second night being Wednesday. To date, the HOYA Clinic has provided for over 1,000 patient visits. The year 2009 saw 629 of these visits. Our student volunteers dedicated approximated 3,800 hours of service to the HOYA Clinic in 2009 to make that possible.

Services offered

Currently, the services offered at the HOYA Clinic include:

  • Child and Adult Sick Care
  • HIV and STD Testing
  • Pregnancy Tests
  • Child and Adult Physicals
  • Laboratory Tests
  • PPD Tests
  • Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Checks
  • Medication and Prescriptions
  • Minor Wound Care
  • Women’s Health/Prenatal Care
  • Influenza Vaccinations
  • Social Services Referrals and Physician Referrals
  • Health Insurance Enrollment
  • Health Education


Hoyas for Healthcare is a 5K Run/2K Walk that occurs annually to support the HOYA Clinic.[6] Additionally, the annual IronMed Charity Triathlon benefits the HOYA Clinic. In 2007, IronMed raised $15,000 for the Clinic.[7] In 2007, the Clinic also received funding through the AAMC's Caring for Community Grant Program.[8]


  1. Badger, Ellen (2009-02-09). "HOYA Clinic Gives Back to the District's Underserved". GUMC Update. Retrieved 2010-01-11. 
  2. Washington, DC | HOYA Clinic. Retrieved on 2010-01-12.
  3. GU Graduate Students Open Local Free Health Clinic. The Hoya (2007-09-18). Retrieved on 2010-01-12.
  4. Sinha, Vandana (2007-04-20). "G'town med students to open clinic for homeless - Washington Business Journal:". Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  5. Student-Run Clinic Back in Business. The Hoya (2008-09-26). Retrieved on 2010-01-12.
  6. Georgetown University. Retrieved on 2010-01-12.
  7. GUMC Update : IronMed Triathlon Raises $15,000 for HOYA Clinic. Retrieved on 2010-01-12.
  8. 2007 Grant Recipients Sponsored by Pfizer Inc. - AAMC Caring for Community Grant Program - Grants and Awards. AAMC. Retrieved on 2010-01-12.[dead link]
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