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KCU Joplin Teams Up with Community Clinic to add New Clinic

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Kansas City University of Medical and Biosciences Joplin has teamed up with the Community Clinic of Southwest Missouri to provide new Thursday night clinics for people that otherwise couldn't get care.

Mahreen Bux is a second year student at KCU Joplin -- who moved to Joplin from Illinois to go to medical school. 

Marheen Bux, Medical Student:"Putting the skills that we learned in school to use is really really exciting for me."

Bux was one of ten second year medical students from the university participating in a student clinic at the Community Clinic of Southwest Missouri. 

Robert Arnce, KCU Instructor:"This is really a win win. First of all, it meets the overall desire of the university to take care of the community that they're involved in.  and also there's no better teacher than experience. So, it's a great experience for the students as well." 

The students got to treat patients with anything from back pain and the common cold -- all the way up to more serious cases like high blood pressure and diabetes -- in a real life setting. 

Bux:"I really love that we get to give back to the community. The was one of the thing that really got me to apply to medical school, was helping under served communities. The fact that we're here is definitely very beneficial to these patients, and it feels good to know we are actually really making a difference." 

And one patient can attest to the difference that it can make.  

David Heckmaster is a Joplin resident who has a herniated disk in his back.. but doesn't have insurance. He says having this clinic will help him get all his care in one place. 

David Heckmaster, Joplin Resident:"it definitely is helpful because ya know, coming here and them being able to make it super  affordable for ya, get to the root of the problem, and then i won't have to waste money elsewhere, withe difference clinics."

Instructors at KCU Joplin also say this is a big deal because it can help teach the students how to become productive members of their community.

Arnce:"It's important to foster a spirit of giving back, and you know they're gonna be folks that go out in different communities, and wherever they go, we want them to have that desire to help others."

A desire that Bux hopes will be passed on to other students in the future at this very clinic. 

Bux:"I think as the first class to start coming in here, will also set the stage for more students to start coming in, and make this a more regular thing for the med school in Joplin."

The new Thursday night clinic started last week. 

The medical school plans to offer these clinics once a week throughout the semester. 

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