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Register now for Spring Check-up 5K Run/Walk

Clinic namesake Robert Frank, M.D., thanks organizers and runners before the inaugural run/walk.

Clinic namesake Robert Frank, M.D., thanks organizers and runners before the inaugural run/walk.

Runners and walkers begin the course on Belle Isle in the 2010 event.

Runners and walkers begin the course on Belle Isle in the 2010 event.

Runners and organizers celebrate the first Spring Check-up 5K Run/Walk.

Runners and organizers celebrate the first Spring Check-up 5K Run/Walk.

Runners and walkers can enjoy the spring weather and get some exercise while raising funds to assist a free clinic run by Wayne State University School of Medicine students during the second annual Spring Check-up 5K Run/Walk.

The run/walk is scheduled for April 10 at 11 a.m. on Belle Isle. The event is a fundraiser to support the Robert R. Frank Student Run Free Clinic, opened by School of Medicine students last year. The students named the clinic for longtime Executive Vice Dean and now Interim Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs Robert Frank, M.D., because of his decades of community involvement, including assuming responsibility for a student-run free clinic in the Jeffries Housing Project in 1968.

Medical students last year negotiated with directors of the Mercy Primary Care Center free clinic located at 5555 Connor Ave. to open one day a month, after the normal operating hours of the Mercy staff. Original plans called for the student-run clinic to be open one Saturday a month. The clinic is now open two Saturdays each month.

Each Saturday that the clinic is open, four care teams are available. Each team consists of a first- and fourth-year student, or a second- and third-year student, said Bruce Kaczmarek, a second-year medical student and fundraising assistant director for the clinic. Clinic co-directors oversee the work flow and School of Medicine physicians assist in evaluating and treating patients.

“The goal of the clinic is to provide comprehensive and long-term care to uninsured Detroit residents,” Kaczmarek said. “We are not an emergency room, but rather a location to receive an initial complete physical exam and work-up, followed by regular follow-up visits to monitor all health issues that were discovered by the student doctors. More specifically, many of our patients suffer from asthma, diabetes, hypertension and inflammatory pain. At the clinic, we evaluate patient complaints, then follow through by writing a prescription for generic medications. We have also partnered with a local pharmacy to offer patients the lowest possible cost on their medication in the hopes that they will be able to afford the meds and take them as prescribed.”

The 5K route is a flat, fast course on Belle Isle with great views of the Detroit River and Canada shoreline, as well as historic island landmarks. The start and finish line will be at the Remick Music Shell. The race will be professionally timed, with a water station available at the 1.5-mile mark. Food and beverages will be available for post-race socializing.

Registration to run or walk is $20, which includes a T-shirt. Medals will be awarded to the top finishers. Visit http://frankclinic.med.wayne.edu/springcheck-up.php to register for the event.

Organizers also are seeking business and individual donors to support the race. The names of donors will be printed on event T-shirts for contributions of $100. For more information on donating, visit http://frankclinic.med.wayne.edu/docs/5k_-_donation_form.doc

For more information about the run/walk, contact Kaczmarek at bkaczmar@med.wayne.edu.

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