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Volunteers with the UVA Health System Prepare for Traveling Free Clinic

July 22, 2009

Volunteers are hauling boxes of medical supplies and loading bags of medicine. More than 200 volunteers are taking the University of Virginia Health System on the road.

The RAM free clinic offers medical, dental, and vision care. Although the event may only last for thirty hours, it takes weeks of preparation to set up.

Wednesday morning, volunteers loaded dozens of boxes into a truck. Each box contains prescription drugs, or some type of medical supply. This weekend, more than 200 volunteers will travel to Wise Virginia to take part in the free clinic.

Among those volunteers is fourth-year medical student, Emily Gorman. She's excited about the opportunity to help patients in need of health care. She's also looking forward to getting the hands-on experience she needs for medical school.

"One of the big points that I'm thinking about this whole weekend is that there are patients that I'll be seeing in my practice that are similar to the patients we see here, says Emily Gorman, a RAM volunteer. "It will just be an extension of UVa's health care."

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